Washing Hand Habit in Students Living in Dormitories to Prevent Fecal-oral Diseases

Rita Yuniatun, Dewi Fadlillah Firdausi, Nisrien Mufidah, Kusmiyati Kusmiyati


Students who live far from home are population at risk of fecal-oral disease related to personal hygiene. For example is outbreak of Hepatitis A that recently happened to students who mostly live in dormitories in Bogor, West Java. That case also can be occurred at Universitas Indonesia as one of the universities with students from various regions and mostly live in a dorm. The easiest practice of personal hygiene that sometimes being ignored is washing hands. Through descriptive study with 256 respondents, the writers want to describe about washing hands habit in students live in dormitories at Universitas Indonesia. Most respondents often wash their hands before eating (51.9%), and always wash their hands after eating (48.8%), or after using the rest room (63.0%). Most respondents often wash their hands using soap before eating (50.0%) or after eating (48.1%), and always wash their hands using soap after using the rest room (63.0%). Even though most respondents have a good habit of washing hands, there are some respondents who do not wash their hands after eating (0.6%) or after using the rest room (0.6%). Moreover, there are some respondents who do not wash their hands using soap before eating (1.9%), after eating (0.6%), and after using the rest room (1.2%). Most students wash their hands before eating, after eating or after using the rest room. But there are some students who do not wash their hands. It can be a serious problem because it can lead to several infectious diseases, especially fecal-oral diseases. For further research, it should be conducted a research that not only assesses the washing hand as a component of healthy

lifestyle in student life, but also food consumption, sanitation, or restaurant hygiene. 

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