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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 62-67

Study of the health condition of the hotels and lodging houses of the city of Kashan in winter 2015 and spring 2016

1 Department of Environmental Health, Social Determinants of Health Research Center, College of Health, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran
2 Department of Biostatistics and Public Health, Faculty of Health Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

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Mr. Seyedmahdi Takhtfiroozeh
Department of Environment Health, Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/iahs.iahs_5_18

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Aims: The tourism industry is one of the world's top three industries with an annual growth of 4%. This research was conducted with the aim of determining the environmental health indicators of hotels and lodging houses in the city of Kashan in the winter of 2015 and the spring of 2016. Materials and Methods: This research is a descriptive study carried out on all hotels and guesthouses in Kashan city. The information was collected through direct referral and health visit with the environmental health expert of the health centers of Kashan. Information was gathered by in the form of completion of Article 13 of the Code of Conduct and then analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: Having a medical examination card by all the staff, improvement the walls of the building at 14.3%, and improvement the ceiling in 28.6% of the hotels, the use of a depreciated bed in a hotel and a guesthouse, the lack of an appropriate ventilation in 50% of the guesthouses, the lack of attention to the provision of health cards by drivers of food-carrying vehicles was observed in more than 50% of the places. Conclusion: The health status of the hotels and inns (lodging house) of the city of Kashan is in a relatively favorable situation. Considering the many tourism attractions in Kashan and the presence of tourists, it is important to pay attention to the safety and improvement of buildings of residential centers to maintain the health and comfort of tourists and also to prevent earthquake hazards.

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