The Social Sciences

Year: 2009
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Page No. 223 - 228

Common Skin Infections among Secondary School Students in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria: Proxy Predictor of Environmental Hygiene Standards

Authors : O. Nwankwo Benjamin , N. Amadi Agwu , S. Nwoga Kachi , M. Chukwuocha Uche , A. Nwoke Eunice , C. Oguejiofor Nnaemekaand and Odom Uchechukwu

Abstract: The primary aim of the study, was to investigate the prevalence of skin infections among students in secondary schools with particular emphasis in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. Appropriate research questions and hypotheses were formulated that tallied with the objectives of the study. Descriptive survey research design was employed to randomly select a sample of 324 students (162, respectively in both the junior and senior classes) from 6 out of a total of 13 secondary schools in the area. Stratified random sampling technique was used in the selection. A self structured, valid and reliable questionnaire was the main instrument utilized for the collection of data. Results primarily showed that various skin infections exist among the students. The students demonstrated high knowledge of both the causes and prevention of skin infections. Consequently, it was recommended among other things the need therefore for both the school and the home to work in a coordinated manner in other to ensure that the adolescents put into practice what they had learnt to prevent skin infections. Also, prompt medical attention should be sought once any sign of skin infection is noticed among the students.

How to cite this article:

O. Nwankwo Benjamin , N. Amadi Agwu , S. Nwoga Kachi , M. Chukwuocha Uche , A. Nwoke Eunice , C. Oguejiofor Nnaemekaand and Odom Uchechukwu , 2009. Common Skin Infections among Secondary School Students in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria: Proxy Predictor of Environmental Hygiene Standards. The Social Sciences, 4: 223-228.

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