Assessment of medical students’ knowledge, attitude and practice towards medical waste management in KIU-TH in Bushenyi Uganda

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Kampala International University. School of Health Sciences (Western Campus)
ntroduction. One of the problems Uganda faces today is the improper handling and disposal of biomedical wastes which has increased the prevalence of needle stick injuries in most hospitals that accounts for the increased cases of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV and numbers of health personnel on post exposure prophylaxis medications .It is the role of every health worker to dispose biomedical waste properly. Medical students being the future of the health sector there is need for their proper training regarding biomedical waste management. This therefore motivated the researcher to assess medical students’ knowledge, attitude and practice regarding medical waste management in KIUTH in Bushenyi Uganda. Objectives: This study aims to determine the knowledge, attitude and practices of medical students on medical waste disposal at KIUTH in Uganda. Methodology. A quantitative cross-sectional research approach was used at Kampala international university teaching hospital found in Bushenyi district Uganda. The study respondents included undergraduate medical students pursing bachelors’ degree of medicine and surgery in clinical classes from third to fifth years practicing at KIUTH during the time of the study. Data were collected through self-administered questionnaires analyzed using charts, graphs and tables. Results. Out of 377 respondents ,230(61%) were male while 147(39%) were female; majority were of ages between 21-25 years with 259 students,69 of ages between 26-30 years,29 respondents were of ages 31-35 years while 20 respondent were above 35 years.53 % of the respondents were third years ,26% were 4th years while 21% were in 5th year. 90% agreed to routine use of personal protective equipment while handling medical waste,6% disagreed while 4% responded with neural .79% had knowledge regarding waste disposal,15% had no knowledge while 6% were neutral .
A research dissertation Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor's Degree of Medicine and Surgery in Kampala International University
Medical students’ knowledge, Attitude and practice towards medical waste