Author(s): Elduma AH, Saeed NS, Elduma AH, Saeed NS
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Abstract The study was conducted to determine the seropositivity of hepatitis B infection, associated risk factors and history of vaccination among staff in 3 teaching hospitals in Khartoum. The study was carried out from March 2006 to March 2007. Participants comprised 245 randomly selected hospital staff; 12 (4.9\%) reacted positively for HBsAg, 6 of whom were nurses, 4 domestic staff and 2 laboratory staff. Only 37 paticipants (15.1\%) said that they had attended training courses in biosafety. Just over 50\% indicated that they had had needle-stick or sharps injuries during work; 61 (24.9\%) indicated that they always followed the bio-safety precautions, 52 (21.4\%) said that they always wore gloves during their work while 43 (17.6\%) said they never wore them. Only 11 (4.5\%) of the participants had received the full vaccination dose for hepatitis B.
This article was published in East Mediterr Health J
and referenced in Medical Safety & Global Health