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Document ID (ISN)100689
CIS number 02-1808
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ngowi A.V.F., Maeda D.N., Partanen T.J.
Title Assessment of the ability of health care providers to treat and prevent adverse health effects of pesticides in agricultural areas of Tanzania
Bibliographic information 2001, Vol.14, No.4, p.349-356. 21 ref.
Abstract A survey of Tanzanian health care providers in agricultural areas was undertaken in 1991-1994 to assess their knowledge of toxic effects of pesticides in order to develop effective strategies for reducing pesticide poisoning. Interviews were conducted with 104 physicians, clinical officers and nurses at health care facilities in the coffee and cotton growing areas. 80% of respondents reported to have seen one and 9% two or more cases of pesticide poisoning in the preceding three months. The respiratory tract was the major route for pesticide to enter the human body; this was followed by gastrointestinal tract, skin, and eyes. Only one of the respondents could identify the groups of pesticides mostly used in the study areas. The survey indicated that training of hospital staff in toxicity of pesticide exposure is an important task and a prerequisite for efficient recognition, diagnosis and treatment of pesticide poisoning cases in Tanzania.
Descriptors (primary) pesticide poisoning; Tanzania, United Republic of; agriculture; health care personnel; first aid
Descriptors (secondary) training of OSH personnel; first-aid training; cotton farming; safety and health training; insecticides; occupational health survey; developing countries; coffee
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCosta Rica; Finland; Tanzania, United Republic of
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) First aid and emergency organization
Health care services