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Farzinnia B, Khazaei M. Evaluation of the Environmental Health Conditions of Qom Hotels & Inns in 2007. Qom Univ Med Sci J 2008; 2 (4) :51-58
URL: http://journal.muq.ac.ir/article-1-550-en.html
1- Qom University of Medical Sciences , b_farzinnia@muq.ac.ir
2- Qom University of Medical Sciences
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Background and Objectives

Tourism is one of the three major global industries with 4 percent annual economic growth. Qom with roughly 17 million tourists in 2005 was the second religious tourism center in Iran. This study was designed to determine the environmental health criteria of Qom hotels and inns in 2007.


This descriptive - cross sectional study was carried out based on a standard check list of substance of edible, drinkable, cosmetic and hygienic products law from ministry of health and medical sciences. The checklist included 73 questions which were completed by face to face interviews and sanitary inspections. After analyzing the results of each residential center, the questionnaires were classified into three categories: hygienic (over 80 score), sanitary (40-79) and unacceptable centers (less than 40). The data were presented and analyzed by descriptive and analytical statistical methods such as X 2 and Fisher exact test.


The percentages of hygienic, sanitary and unacceptable conditions of hotels and inns were 35.5, 54.8 and 9.7, respectively. There was a direct relationship between academic degree of residential managers and the validity of employees health card (P=0.042)


Based on this the research, the environmental status of Qom hotels and inns was in relatively desirable conditions. Residential places with unacceptable condition were almost located in the old region of the city (e.g. around the Holly Shrine). Due to the structural failures, architectural problems and tremendous cost for repairs, it’s better that their activities be stopped and banned by government. With regard to the high percentage of hotels with sanitary conditions, at least improvements in health conditions accompanied by training and supervision are recommended. 

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Received: 2016/04/6 | Accepted: 2016/04/6 | Published: 2016/04/6

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