Knowledge and Practices of Personal Hygiene among Urban and Rural Dwellers in Central Cross River State, Nigeria

Dan, Felicia Agbor (Ph.D), Edet, Itam  Ben &  Lale, Peniel


This study assessed knowledge and practices of personal hygiene among semi-urban and rural dwellers in Central, Cross River Stare, Nigeria. Two research questions were formulated to guide the study. Literature review was carried out based on the variables under study. Survey research design was utilized Stratified, random sampling technique was used in selecting the 814 respondents sampled for the study. A validated 20 items semi-structured questionnaire was the instrument used for data, collection. The reliability estimate of the instrument was 0.83 using Cronbach Alpha reliability method. Data was analysed using the descriptive analysis of frequency and percentages. The result of the study revealed that majority of the residents had fair knowledge of personal hygiene and poor practices. It was recommended that training should be organized rural dwellers on how to take care of their teeth, hair, feet, nose, eyes and hands.

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