Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
September 2017 Vol. 6(9), pp. 209-216
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Predictors of Hawking experience, and knowledge of health hazard of street hawking, among Child Hawkers in Sokoto Metropolis

M. O Raji1*, Salihu Muhammad1, Firima Dinebari1, Amira Bello1, R.A Oladigbolu2 and A. U Kaoje1

1Department of Community Health, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
2Department of Community Health, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto

*Corresponding Author E-mail:; +234(0)8037177017

Accepted 19 September, 2017 


Street hawking among children, a form of child labour in its simplest form is the selling of items along roads and from one place to the other.   This study aimed at assessing the Predictors of Hawking experience, and knowledge of health hazard of street hawking, among Child Hawkers in Sokoto Metropolis. This study was a cross-sectional descriptive study, conducted among child hawkers within sokoto metropolis, Sokoto state, Nigeria. Sample size estimation was carried out and after adjusting for attrition, a total of two hundred and twenty-seven (227) respondents was recruited into the study using systematic sampling technique. Data obtained was subsequently entered into IBM SPSS version 20 software package. All statistical tests were carried out using 2 tailed tests with alpha set at 0.05. Female gender was the main predictor of being sexually harassed (OR = 8.84, p < .0001,95% CI [.042 - .307]), having a father who is not alive was found to be the key predictor being raped (OR = 9.3, p = .018, 95% CI [.017 - .682]). The main predictor of having good knowledge with respect to hazard associated with street hawking was attending school (OR = 3.5, p <0.001, 95% CI [0.137 – 0.600]. Domestication of the Child Rights Act by state governments will go a long was in reducing the hazards associated with child hawking in our communities.

Keywords: Street hawking; child hawkers; health hazards



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