The impact of health practices among foggers in vector unit / Mohd Azizi Suhaili

Suhaili, Mohd Azizi (2017) The impact of health practices among foggers in vector unit / Mohd Azizi Suhaili. [Student Project] (Unpublished)


The foggers of the Vector Unit in the Ministry of Health (MOH) is at danger due to the handling of hazardous chemicals which may cause organophosphate poisoning. Study was performed to study the impact of health practice to the cholinesterase level among the foggers and to determine the association. Baseline and periodic blood sample from a total of 35 foggers from vector unit of Pejabat Kesihatan Kawasan Kota Kinabalu was taken for cholinesterase test and a set of questionnaires, (KKM/BKP/OHU/08) that was adapted from the Occupational Safety & Environmental Unit, MOH was distributed to the respondents to determine their health practice. The compliance to personal protective equipment (PPE) during the mixing of pesticide and fogging activity showing higher cholinesterase percentage reduction are among foggers that did not used PPE. This means that those who used PPE are less exposed to organophosphate (OP) pesticide compared to foggers who did not used PPE. Besides that, those foggers who takes bath and changing clothes after fogging is less exposed than those who do not as higher percentage of cholinesterase reduction are among those not taking their bath. In addition, fogging against the direction of the wind has higher exposure among foggers towards OP compared to those not fogging against the direction as higher percentage of cholinesterase reduction are among foggers who fogs against the wind direction. Hence, level of exposure towards organophosphate pesticide among foggers has strong association with the health practice.


Item Type: Student Project
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Suhaili, Mohd Azizi
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Md Rashid, Razi Ikhwan
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology > Animal biochemistry
Q Science > QP Physiology > Animal biochemistry > Organic substances
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Toxicology. Poisons
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Health Sciences
Programme: Bachelor in Environmental Health and Safety
Keywords: Foggers, Organophosphate pesticide, Health practice, Cholinesterase level
Date: July 2017
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