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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 206-210

Personal protective equipment usage and its disposal by the residents of Dhaka city during the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed-method enquiry

1 Center for Integrated Social Development, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2 Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
3 Immunization and Vaccine Development, World Health Organization, Dhaka, Bangladesh
4 National Skin Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh
5 Department of Orthodontics, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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DOI: 10.4103/kleuhsj.kleuhsj_413_20

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CONTEXT: COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hazard not only to the health and economy but also to the environment worldwide. In the absence of an effective vaccine to the mass people, practice of preventive measures against coronavirus can only save the health and economy of a poor nation like Bangladesh. On one hand, poor practice of protective behavior against the novel coronavirus has been reported among the general population and on the other hand, sudden rise of personal protective equipments (PPEs) use are causing massive damage to the environment of the cities like Dhaka. AIMS: This study aims to understand the perception and practice of use and disposal of PPEs against COVID-19 by the residents of Dhaka city. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was designed with a mixed-method approach with an online survey and key informant interviews of the residents of Dhaka city. RESULTS: About 44% of respondents were regular mask users and 3% used gloves regularly while staying out of home. Confusion, discomfort, hot weather, and unaffordability were commonly reasoned for not regular use. About 40% of the respondents disposed their used masks or gloves to open places in the streets at some point of their life during the pandemic. Lack of proper disposal facilities in the city was evident throughout the study. CONCLUSIONS: A proper health education program along with government initiatives enhancing disposal facilities around the city can improve the situation.

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