oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Domestic accidents in Chitungwiza

Volume 34, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



This survey was carried out to provide data on domestic accidents in an urban setting. Two hundred homes were visited by health assistants who interviewed the head of the household and noted dangerous conditions and practices. The two main hazards were unsafe cooking facilities and improper storage of poisonous substances. Over a two month period staff at local clinics and hospital filled in a report on all accident victims. Over 60 percent of accidents were in the 5 and under age group and overall more females than males had accidents. The main accidents were bums and scalds. In the 5 year and under age group, significantly more males than females were affected while in the adult group significantly more females than males suffered bums or scalds. Poisoning was second most frequent in the 5 and under group while falls were second in 6-15 years and adult groups. These and other findings are discussed and recommendations made to improve the situation.

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