An examination of knowledge, attitudes and practices related to lead exposure in South Western Nigeria.

TítuloAn examination of knowledge, attitudes and practices related to lead exposure in South Western Nigeria.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Año de publicación2006
AutoresAdebamowo, Eugenious O., Agbede Oluwole A., Sridhar Mynepalli K. C., and Adebamowo Clement A.
JournalBMC public health
Volume6
Pagination82
Date Published2006
Publication Languageeng
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Lead is a highly toxic and pervasive metal. Chronic exposure to low levels is responsible for significant health effects, particularly in children. Prevention remains the best option for reducing childhood lead exposure, however the knowledge, attitudes and practices to lead exposure in many developing countries is not known.Methods: We conducted four focus group discussions (FGD) to evaluate knowledge attitudes and practices to lead exposure in Nigeria. An FGD guide was developed from the literature and preliminary discussion with members of the public. Participants in the FGD were randomly selected from adults living in Ibadan, South Western Nigeria in 2004. RESULTS: We found that there was limited awareness of the sources of lead exposure in the domestic environment and participants had little knowledge of the health effects of chronic low-dose lead exposure. CONCLUSION: We conclude that the findings of this study should be used, in conjunction with others, to develop appropriate health education intervention for lead exposure in the domestic environment.

Alternate JournalBMC Public Health