Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Vol. 8, Issue 1 (2019)
Assessment of knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding safe foods among rural women of Ayodhya district
Pravisha Pandey and Sadhna Singh
A cross sectional study was conducted in the year 2018, to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices regarding safe foods among women of rural areas in Ayodhya district of Uttar Pradesh. The data was collected from 300 respondents in selected villages through pretested and predesigned questionnaire. Age groups of the respondents were between 18-50 years. Nearly 82.66% of the women were not aware of what are safe foods and its health consequences? A large majority (54.33) did not know about the adulteration and cross- contamination. Hygienic and sanitation practices regarding washing hands, washing vegetables, fruits and kitchen utensils were in improper way for most of the respondents. 39.33% women were consuming street foods two days in a week without any hesitation while 32.66 were taking four days in a week. Study reveal that a total of 70% population suffered once, twice and thrice in a year form any of the food borne illness symptoms out of this nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and typhoid were most common. However, some respondents (20%) agreed that typhoid fever and diarrhea are transmitted by foods. Study reveals that only 12.33% were always taking covered and safe drinking water. After this evaluation other diagnostic strategies become necessary to enhance this understanding. At domestic level cooking, food is handled by many individuals, thereby increasing the chances of food contamination due to improper handling. Deliberate or accidental contamination of food during production might endanger the health of family members, and have very expensive repercussions on a country.
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Pravisha Pandey and Sadhna Singh. Assessment of knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding safe foods among rural women of Ayodhya district. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2019;8(1):2151-2154.