acta satech Journal of the Life & Physical Sciences Babcock

Socio-demographic Characteristics and Some Hygienic Practices of Cooked Food Vendors in a Semi-Urban Community in Nigeria
Godwin Nwadibia Aja
Department of Health Sciences, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria.
Received December 8th, 2003, revised version received April 1st, 2004, accepted May 5th, 2004

ABSTRACT
Seventy cooked food vendors responded to a structured questionnaire about their age, sex, marital status, educational level, derived monthly income, cooking location, source of water supply and personal hygiene. Results of the data show that married women (54%) in the reproductive age group (18-45 years of age) who have large families (up to 7 or more) and may not be formally educated (47%) were more likely to engage in cooked food sales. Derived monthly income (more than N550 1 per month or about 40 US dollars) from food sales was comparable to the monthly minimum wage in Ogun and some other states. The study recommends comprehensive community nutrition education for women and periodic supervision of eating houses by the appropriate government department.
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