DOI: 10.1177/21582440241229598 ISSN: 2158-2440

Assessment of Awareness, Attitude, and Consequences of Healthcare Waste Among Health Workers at Health Facilities In Southeast Nigeria

Innocent A. Nwosu, Joseph O. Ekpechu, Vivian C. Njemanze, Bukola Semidara, Emmanuel C. Eyisi, Ben Ohuruogu, Patricia E. Nwazonobi, Ubong N. Umanah, Willie C. Clement, Christian O. Aleke, Charles N. Okoli
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities

Healthcare waste which consists of waste materials generated at healthcare facilities is hazardous to both the environment and human life. However, many people are unaware of the dangers of medical wastes. Previous studies have neglected the assessment of the level of awareness and attitude of health workers toward healthcare waste. Therefore, this study assesses the level of awareness of healthcare workers about the dangers and their attitude toward the waste and its implications. The study, which employed cross-sectional design with 334 participants, was conducted in Southeast Nigeria. Data collection was through questionnaire and in-depth interview guide. Data analyzed through descriptive statistics revealed that the level of awareness of health workers about the dangers of healthcare waste is high; their attitude toward healthcare waste is poor; and that the consequences of mismanaged healthcare waste are devastating. Therefore, healthcare facilities should have a functional waste management policy, train their staff on ways of handling waste and educate the public about dangers of healthcare waste.

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