According to the World Health Organization currently illness resulting from
contaminated food is the most widespread health problem. Food and Drugs Authority in
2013 stated that schools contributed 77% of all traceable food borne illness in Ghana.
For this reason the study was carried out to document the food hygiene practices of food
vendors in the University of Ghana.
The objective of this study was to assess the adherence of food vendors to hygienic
practices and sanitary conditions on the University of Ghana campus.
The study was descriptive cross sectional in nature using both quantitative and
qualitative methods of data gathering. The study was conducted among 208 food vendors
and 2 environmental health officers in the University of Ghana. Data collection tools
used were structured questionnaire (used among food vendors) and an interview guide
(used among environmental officers for in-depth interviews). SPSS software was used
for analysis, this involved the use of frequency distributions as well associations by the
use of chi-squared tests. (5% significance level) as well as frequency distributions which
were used to analyze the data obtained from the survey.
Generally, street vendors displayed adherence to sanitary and hygienic practices. Though
more than half of the food vendors on campus had been licensed most of them did not
know the importance of having a license (85.1%).
The study also revealed that gender, marital status and length of service were
significantly associated with the use of protective clothing during work (chi-squared; p<
0.05). A large number (76%) of food vendors were found to wash their dishes in bowls
of water as compared to washing under running water and for those who washed their
dishes in bowls there was a significant relationship between length of service and how
often they changed the water (chi-squared p<0.05) . In addition, instead of vendors
emptying their bin whenever it was full more half of them (56.7%) waited till the close
of day before emptying them.
In conclusion authorities of the University of Ghana should provide adequate
infrastructure such as sinks and proper education can help with the improvement of
hygienic practices of food vendors.
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