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Type Journal Article - Annals of agricultural and environmental medicine
Title Agricultural health in the Gambia II: a systematic survey of safety and injuries in production agriculture
Author(s)
Volume 13
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2006
Page numbers 119-128
URL http://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1223&context=nursing_pubs
Abstract
This study was undertaken to provide baseline information on the injuries
and health and safety conditions in Gambian agriculture. The objective was to produce
information to guide the formulation of an agricultural health and safety policy for the
country, future investigations, prevention and surveillance of the adverse health effects
in agriculture. A cross-sectional survey of 20 farmers, 20 nurses, and 20 agricultural
extension workers was conducted in the Central and Upper River Divisions of The
Gambia. The survey was implemented by the means of questionnaires, walk-through
survey and hazard checklist. Seventy percent of farms reported an injury during the past
year. Major sources and contributing factors for the injuries were characterized.
Predisposing factors to the injuries were climatic conditions, working in static positions,
bending and twisting and carrying heavy objects. Cuts and lacerations were identified as
the commonest injury types and the most common sources were hand tools (hand hoe,
cutlass, axe and knife) and animal-powered carts. A workshop for the major stake
holders in the country’s agriculture was also held to identify problems and possible
solutions for health promotion of Gambian farmers.

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