Greener Journal of Biological Sciences Vol. 2 (1), pp. 007-012, September 2012
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Risks of Zoonoses in Veterinarians and Infection Control Practices
Saima Aslam Bharwana1, Shafaqat Ali1*, Farhat Abbas1, Iftikahr Hussain Baloch2
1Department of Environmental Sciences, GC University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
2Department of Geology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
*Corresponding author. E-mail: shafaqataligill @yahoo .com
Zoonoses risks are evident in veterinary practices and are often neglected. Production of vaccines and diagnostic agents for effective control of zoonotic diseases is very important. The main objective of the study was to assess the level of knowledge and use of infection control practices among the veterinarians of developing country. A survey was undertaken to observe the level of knowledge, aptitude, practice and experience regarding occupational health risks among the veterinarians. A self administered questionnaire was distributed to 180 veterinarians to evaluate the relevance. The important determinants has been identified, verified and validated for risk assessment. The response rate of the questionnaires was 100% and results indicated that most veterinarians were unaware of appropriate use of personal protective equipment and need practices that may help in reduction of zoonoses transmission. The veterinary technicians have to face many problems due to lack of information, education, and training. It is necessary that the Government provide the vaccination facility to all the veterinarians against the relevant zoonotic diseases. The level of awareness about the risks associated is needed to improve through proper education, training, and establishment of written infection control policies could be effective means of improving veterinary practices.
Key Words: Infection control practices, KAPE, Risk assessment, Vaccination, Veterinarians, Zoonotic diseases.
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