992. Awareness and Practice of Infection control and Hand Hygiene  among Healthcare workers in Nigeria: Report from the International Ambassadorship Programme
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Hand Hygiene 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Room: SDCC Poster Hall F-H
Background: The presenting author is  a SHEA International Ambassador. As part of the programme, he is committed along with other practitioners to promote the awareness and practice of infection control in Nigeria. The study was a survey carried out among healthcare workers who participated in Training and Seminar in Western and Eastern Nigeria. Participants were drawn from about 7 Public and Private hospitals including a regional Trauma Center and Military Reference Hospital.  Between Jan and March 2012 we conducted seminars on Infection control and patient safety and Hand Hygiene.

Methods: A pre-seminar evaluation was done to assess the awareness of participants on infection control practices and hand hygiene.  An adapted version of the WHO hand hygiene survey questionnaire was used. A Post survey was also done. Each participant was expected fill the Questionaire. The results were collated by the authors and analysed with excel software


About 600 health worker participated in the survey and the training/seminar. Doctors were 58(9.6%), Nurses 334 (56.5%), Consultants-34 (5.6%). Of the participants only 12% are aware of An Infection Control Programme, 23.6% are aware of the WHO hand hygiene Programme but only 10.8 admits that they are practicing it. Only 5% of the nurses know about an Infection Control Nurse. On hand hygiene 8.5% uses Alcohol based hand rub, 56.7% use hand washing station.

Conclusion: There awareness of Infection Control programme and Hand hygiene is low among healthworkers but there are significant efforts for improvement

Michael Oji, MBBS, FMCS, Surgery/ Quality Improvement, Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos, LAGOS, Nigeria, Wene Ochonogor, Nursing/Infection Control, Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos, Nigeria, Nathaniel Ajileye, Nursing /ER, Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos, Nigeria, Ifeanyi Onah, MBBS, FWACS, Plastic Surgery, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, Enugu, Nigeria and Nwekpe Chineye, MLS, Microbiology, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, Enugu, Nigeria


M. Oji, None

W. Ochonogor, None

N. Ajileye, None

I. Onah, None

N. Chineye, None

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