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Occupational Health Hazards To Veterinarians

Occupational Health Hazards To Veterinarians

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Title: Occupational Health Hazards To Veterinarians
Author: El awad, Hanadi
Abstract: The objective of this study is to delineate the health hazards among veterinarians in their different fields of work and to assess the risks associated to the veterinary profession . The study also included the various endeavors which are made in order to maintain good health and welfare of veterinarians in their career and to find out what interventions might be most effective at reducing these risks. Data was collected to reflect the current situation with regard to veterinary services premises in Khartoum State, the laws which regulate the veterinary profession in Sudan and the support provided to veterinarians against occupational health hazards. The method used to collect data was personal communication with veterinarians . Questionnaire forms were distributed to 100 veterinarians in Khartoum State in different fields of work in both private and public sectors. Questionnaire findings were analyzed and presented into tables and diagrams to explain the health hazards to which veterinarians were exposed and the precautions undertaken to protect their health. Results showed that all questionnaire participants agree that the risk of exposure to health hazards is probable. 72% of participants who work in government and semi government hospitals, all who work in private clinics and poultry farms were exposed to bacterial infections. 63% of participants who work in laboratories and all who work in poultry farms were exposed to viral infections. viii All participants who work in slaughter houses and 90% of those who work in dairy farms were exposed to traumatic injuries. Availability of measures of protection was shown at 58% of the participants. It is concluded that veterinarians are exposed to great risks during the performance of their routine work .The methods of protection given and used are not enough to protect them against zoonotic diseases and other job associated risks . It is recommended toimprove work conditions and educate the principles of occupational health and safety .
Description: 45page
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/9000
Date: 2015-04-15


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