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Table 3 Comparing available equipment and infection control measures in public and private dental facilities

From: Access to Oral health care: a focus on dental caries treatment provision in Enugu Nigeria

VariablesTotal f (%)
N = 52
Public facility
n (%)
Private facility
n (%)
X2(P-value)
Equipment used in facilities
 Disposable6 (11.5)6 (11.5)0 (0.0)1.055 (0.580)
 Reusable2 (3.8)2 (3.8)0 (0.0)0.324 (0.569)
 Auto-disable1 (1.9)1 (1.9)0 (0.0)0.159 (1.000)
 Both Disposable and Reusable48 (92.3)41 (78.8)7 (13.5)0.674 (1.000)
Use national infection control guideline
 Yes42 (80.8)36 (69.2)6 (11.5)7.853 (0.049)
 No1 (1.9)1 (1.9)1 (1.9)
 Can’t say9 (17.3)8 (15.4)0 (0.0)
Availability of functional equipment
 Electric autoclave51 (98.1)44 (84.6)7 (13.5)0.159 (1.000)
 Electric heater sterilizer38 (73.1)31 (59.6)7 (13.5)2.980 (0.169)
 Fun health sterilizer36 (69.2)29 (55.8)7 (13.5)3.595 (0.085)
 Electric steamer18 (32.7)18 (34.6)0 (0.0)4.282 (0.039)
 Pot with cover14 (25.0)12 (23.1)2 (3.8)0.011 (0.916)
 Cold sterilization34 (65.4)28 (53.8)6 (11.5)1.477 (0.399)
 X-ray machine43 (82.7)39 (75.0)4 (7.7)3.689 (0.055)
 Dental syringe52 (100.045 (86.5)7 (13.5)0.161 (1.021)
 Light curing machine46 (84.6)39 (75.0)7 (13.5)1.055 (0.580)
Resources for infection control
 Clean water50 (96.2)43 (82.7)7 (13.5)0.324 (1.000)
 PPE51()98.1)44 (84.6)7 (13.5)0.159 (0.690)
 Soap52 (100.0)45 (86.5)7 (13.5)0.234 (0.873)