A Study on Scientific Orientation of Saloon Workers, in Mukkam Area, Kerala

Anirudh V Mutalik, Bindu Mohandas, Hassan Koya, Durgesh Kumar, P K Sujesh

Abstract


 Background: India accounts for the one of highest number of salons employing the largest number of workers in the sector. Rigorous sterilization procedures are essential to avoid any contamination of blood-borne viruses of therapeutic and beauty instruments, particularly, because hepatitis B virus (HBV) is not easily inactivated by drying, simple detergents, or alcohol and hepatitis C virus (HCV) can survive in plasma, after drying and environmental exposure to room temperature, for at least 16 h. Aims and Objectives: The aim of study is to assess the knowledge, attitude, hygiene practices, and risk factors of transmission of infections among hairdressers, saloon workers, and workers at beauty parlors of Mukkam municipality. Materials and Methods: The preformed and pretested open-ended questionnaire was used after pilot study in the study area. The hairdressers, saloon workers, and workers at beauty parlors of Mukkam municipality who give consent were included in the study. A total of 150 participants were selected from Mukkam by purposive sampling method. Results: Nearly 70% of the participants did not know that their profession can transmit the disease and only 13% knew that blood, contaminated instruments, and sexually transmitted are the ways by which HIV can get transmitted. Conclusion: The knowledge, attitude, and practice of the saloon participants was found to be satisfactory and needs to be increased with the help of further health education.

 


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