Hygiene behavior among Female Garment Workers: a Pre- COVID-19 Cross-Sectional Study in Bangladesh

Authors

  • Bilkis Banu
  • Nasrin Akter
  • SujanaHaque Chawdhury
  • Zahidur Rahim
  • Sarder Mahmud Hossain
  • Farhana Faruque Zerin
  • Sayeeda Rahman

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i4.16510

Keywords:

Hygiene behavior, COVID-19, pre-existing context, female garments workers

Abstract

This cross-sectional study was undertaken to delineate the hygiene behavior among the female garment
workers in Bangladesh during pre-COVID-19 period. 500 female garments workers were selected for the
study. Data were collected by face-to-face interview method using semi-structured questionnaire which
include the information on socio-demography, different components of personal hygiene such as bathing,
brushing teeth, washing feet, washing/ changing cloth, washing hair by soap/ shampoo, trimming nail
and washing hand. The majority of the participants (>75%) had ideal knowledge and practiceon every
considered hygiene behavior. Regarding hand-washing behavior, only 3% had appropriate knowledge and
ideally practiced by 60.2%. Knowledge of the respondents was significantly associated with ideal practice
of all components (p=0.01). Predictors identified according to age, BMI, education and marital status of
respondents, were significantly associated with hygiene related to bathing, washing feet, clothing, hair and
hand.

Author Biographies

Bilkis Banu

PhD Scholar, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University, Germany; Assistant Professor,
Department of Public Health, Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nasrin Akter

Lecturer, Department of Public Health, Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh;

SujanaHaque Chawdhury

Lecturer, Department of Public Health,Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Zahidur Rahim

National Resource Person, Communicable Disease Control Unit, Directorate General of Health Services

Sarder Mahmud Hossain

Professor and Head, Department of Public Health, Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh;

Farhana Faruque Zerin

Research Fellow, Department of Public Health, Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sayeeda Rahman

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Public Health, School of Medicine,American University of Integrative Sciences, Bridgetown, Barbados

Published

2021-07-19

How to Cite

Banu, B. ., Akter, N. ., Chawdhury, S. ., Rahim, Z., Mahmud Hossain, S. ., Faruque Zerin, F., & Rahman, S. . (2021). Hygiene behavior among Female Garment Workers: a Pre- COVID-19 Cross-Sectional Study in Bangladesh. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 12(4), 33-43. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i4.16510

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