Infection Control Measures Among Dental Health Care Workers

Fawzia Butt,1 Hinal Thakkar,2 Jeremiah Munguti,1 Evelyne Waigayu 1

1School of Medicine, University of Nairobi

  1. Hurlingham Medicare Plaza, Nairobi

Correspondence to: Dr. Fawzia Butt, PO Box 30197–00100, Nairobi; email:


The aim of this study was to establish the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of infection control among dental health care workers (DHCW) in a dental hospital in Kenya. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study that used a close-ended questionnaire to collect data from a sample of 110 DHCW. Estimation of 95% confidence intervals was used to test the proportions of the knowledge levels. Data were analyzed using MS Excel. Results: Out of 150 DHCW, a convenient sample of 110 DHCW participated in the study, with 10 non-respondents. Female participants (58) were more than males (42); M:F = 1:1.38. Age range was 21–41 years (mean=25.7 years). Most respondents (n=79, 79%) were students aged 20 to 24 years. Overall, 46% of the participants were ill informed about infection control, 32% did not practice the recommended infection control practices, while 39% had a negative attitude towards various aspects of infection control. Conclusion: These results show that infection control measures need enforcement and daily practice regularly. Continuous and compulsory training in infection control is recommended for those working in clinics.

Key words: Infection, Dental, Sterilization

Ann Afr Surg. 2019; 16(1):26–29


Conflicts of Interest: None

Funding: None


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