Acta Scientific Dental Sciences

Research ArticleVolume 2 Issue 5

Hand Hygiene: Knowledge and Practice of Dental Therapists in Abuja, Nigeria

Ikimi Nathan Ukuoghene1*, Aliakor Judith Chioma1, Nasir Mukaffa1, Dawodu Titilayo Taofikat2 and Ofikwu Joy Okoh1

1Dental and Maxillofacial Department, State House Medical Center, Abuja, FCT Nigeria
2Dental Department, General Hospital, Isolo, Lagos Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: Ikimi Nathan Ukuoghene, Dental and Maxillofacial Department, State House Medical Center, Abuja, FCT Nigeria.

Received: February 27, 2018; Published: April 03, 2018

Citation: Ikimi Nathan Ukuoghene., et al. “Hand Hygiene: Knowledge and Practice of Dental Therapists in Abuja, Nigeria”. Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 2.5 (2018).


Objective: This is a study that seeks to assess the knowledge of Hand Hygiene among Dental therapist in Abuja and establish if there is a relationship between knowledge and practice of the therapist.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey consisting of dental therapists working in three tertiary health institutions randomly selected in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and two secondary health institutions also randomly selected. The sample population included dental students in their third year and final industrial attachment at dental health institutions, graduated students on internship and those on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Close-ended questions such as “Your hands might become contaminated by simply touching the patient’s intact skin” were asked to access Knowledge. Using a five point Likert scale, respondents were scored on answers such as “agree, strongly agree, don’t know, disagree and strongly disagree”. Data were recorded and analysed statistically using SPSS 20 version. Chi-square and Fisher’s Exact Test were calculated.

Results: The result indicated that 55.3% of dental therapists strongly agreed with 38.3% who agreed that the hands might become contaminated by simply touching patient’s skin. Also, 36.2% strongly agreed with 31.9% who agreed that inanimate objects belonging to patients such as bags, cell phones and newspapers are sources of infections. A high number, 83%, reported washing hands before and after donning hand-gloves.

Conclusions: Within the limitations of this study, the dental therapists in Abuja have a good knowledge of Hand Hygiene and they are putting that knowledge to practice.

Keywords: Hand Hygiene; Dental Therapist; Knowledge; Practice

Copyright: © 2018 Ikimi Nathan Ukuoghene., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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