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Food security and hygiene practice among adolescent girls in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State, Nigeria


Shapu, Ruth Charles and Ismail, Suriani and Ahmad, Norliza and Lim, Poh Ying and Njodi, Ibrahim Abubakar (2020) Food security and hygiene practice among adolescent girls in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State, Nigeria. Foods, 9 (9). art. no. 1265. pp. 1-21. ISSN 2304-8158


Inadequate food security contributes to poor health outcome for all, including adolescent girls. The study aims at determining the level of food security and hygiene among adolescent girls. A school-based cross-sectional study was carried out among adolescent girls aged 10 to 19 years old from six schools in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State. The instrument for data collection was a questionnaire using KoBoCollect Toolbox between June and July 2019. Multivariable logistic regression was used to identify the predictors of food security and hygiene among respondents. A majority of the respondents (73.5%) were in a very low food security level. Three factors were significantly associated with food security level, these included schools (p = 0.007), age of mother (p = 0.004), and occupation of mother (p < 0.001). School (p = 0.003), age (father p = 0.017; mother; p = 0.012), hygiene (p = 0.005), and occupation of mother (p = 0.002) were predictors of food security. About (46.6%) of respondents had poor hygiene practice, school (p = 0.016) was significantly associated with hygiene practice. School (p = 0.019; and p = 0.005) and food security (p = 0.009) were predictors of hygiene practice. This study reveals a high prevalence of low food security among adolescent girls.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9091265
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Keywords: Food security; Hygiene practice; Adolescent girls; KoBoCollect Toolbox; Health
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 11:55
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2021 11:55
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/89051
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