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THE PREVALENCE, ASSOCIATED FACTORS AND AWARENESS OF HEPATITIS B INFECTION AMONGST HOSPITAL WASTE HANDLERS IN NIGERIA: A STUDY PROTOCOL
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: The rapidly increasing population of Nigeria has resulted in substantial migration from rural to the urban areas. Correlated with an exponential growth in urbanisation is the issue of waste management. Nigeria, like many low- and middle-income countries, is confronted with the problem of proper waste management. Many cities in Nigeria are suffocating under the weight of poorly separated mountains of waste, particularly in the city centres. The handling of hazardous hospital or healthcare waste is of major public health importance. Recent epidemics such as ebola and established highly infectious diseases such as hepatitis B, are increasing in prevalence. The association between the risk of infection and the handling of hospital waste deserves closer investigation.

Aim: To establish the prevalence, awareness and risk of hepatitis B among hospital waste handlers in South East Nigeria.

Method: A cross sectional survey of waste handlers from two state and two private hospitals is proposed.The Municipal dump site will be visited as well. Inclusion criteria will include those that have been working in waste handling for at least six months and have not been vaccinated against hepatitis B. The primary outcome of interest is seropositivity for the hepatitis B virus. Written consent will be obtained from all participants.

Results: The results from this study are expected to throw more light on the risk and disease burden of hepatitis B among handlers of hospital wastes in Nigeria.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 54
Series
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341X ; 2019:26
Keywords [en]
Solid wastes, hospital wastes, hospital waste handlers, scavengers, hepatitis B virus, infection, Nigeria.
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165978OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-165978DiVA, id: diva2:1375815
Educational program
Master's Programme in Public Health (one-year)
Presentation
2019-05-23, Room A310, Caring Sciences Building, Umeå University, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-12-06 Created: 2019-12-06 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved

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