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Meat Handlers’ hygiene in Anambra State, Nigeria.

Food safety is a public health concern, and this sparked this project that assessed hygiene knowledge and practices amongst meat handlers.

Following the observation of repeated foodborne illnesses in Awka, Anambra state, my team self-initiated this public health research project. We assessed meat handlers from two abattoirs. The surveyed abattoirs were the primary abattoirs that serve other markets within the local government area, hence justifying the selected location.

The project aimed to assess the knowledge and practice of hygiene among meat handlers and provide efficient results for future projects.

We were five participants in the project and I served as the principal investigator. I presented the findings from this project at a conference at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

And the most interesting finding was that knowledge does not always influence practice! We drew this conclusion because the assessed participants had overall good knowledge of hygiene but their practice was quite poor. 76% of them had good knowledge but only 15% had a good practice. To see more details of these findings, please click here.

Just like most global issues, the problem isn’t just the creation of laws/policies but their implementation. This situation is one of them.

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