Knowledge and Practice of Personal Hygiene among School Children in Magboro Community, Ogun State
Bayero University Press
Background: Good knowledge and practice of personal hygiene plays a major role in the reduction of the burden of communicable diseases. When school children are well informed, it will not be difficult for them to put into practice healthy behaviors that will promote healthy living. Hence, the need to carry out a research study on the knowledge and practice of personal hygiene among school children in selected primary schools. Aim: The study assessed the knowledge of personal hygiene and its practice among primary school children in Magboro Community, Ogun State. Methods: This study adopted descriptive research design and a self -developed questionnaire was used to elicit information from 315 school children in selected private primary schools in Magboro, Ogun State. Results: Findings from this study showed that 198(66.0%) school children had good knowledge while 259 (86.3%) had good practice on personal hygiene. Association was seen between the school children’s grade level and knowledge (p = 0.000); between the grade level and the level of practice (p = 0.018); and between knowledge and practice (0.000). Conclusion: Majority of the school children had good knowledge and practice on personal hygiene. However, the school management should endeavour to continue to imbibe in teachings of personal hygiene in order to improve and maintain high level of knowledge and practice amongst the school children.
Knowledge , School children , Personal hygiene , Practice , Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Olowe, A.O., Ademuyiwa, I.Y. & Baiyeri, O.E. (2020). Knowledge and Practice of Personal Hygiene among School Children in Magboro Community, Ogun State. BJNHC, 2(1):573-580.