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Musculoskeletal Disorders and Respiratory Illness of Workers in Small Scale Textile Industries in Meerut District

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2013,3,4,882-886.
Published:November 2013
Type:Research Articles
Authors:
Author(s) affiliations:

Sartaj Ahmad1, Pawan Parashar2, Rahul Bansal3, Ankur Srivastava4, Subhajit Shyam5, Gurmeet Kaur6

1Assistant Professor, Medical Sociology, Subharti Medical College, Swami Vivekananda Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.

2Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College, Swami Vivekananda Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.

3Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College, Swami Vivekananda Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 4Assistant Professor Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College, Swami Vivekananda Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 5Junior Resident III, Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College, Swami Vivekananda Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.

 6Junior Resident III, Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College, Swami Vivekananda Subharti University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract:

Throughout the world, work related injuries continue to cause serious public health problems and are leading cause of death, disability and disease. The objective of the study was to know the socio demographic status and morbidity disorders among textile workers in the small scale industries in Meerut. This community based, cross-sectional study was conducted among the 206 textile workers of small scale industries of Meerut. The subjects were then interviewed by using a pre-designed, pre-tested semi-structured interview schedule. Interviews were conducted during home visits in Hindi/local language from July 2012 to December 2012. Health status was assessed by asking questions regarding their health problems (in the past three month period) followed by clinical examination by a physician. At least two home visits were undertaken before indicating that a worker was not available. The interview took approximately 25-30 min to complete the schedule. Data was compiled and analyzed using Microsoft Excel and the results were expressed as proportions. 93.68% of the workers were males, 73.30% were illiterate and 18.93% belonged to lower middle. (80.10%) of the 80.10% workers were addicted Musculoskeletal problems and respiratory problem were the common health problem. This study revealed that work related musculoskeletal disorders was found among small scale textile industrial workers. Improve there socio economic status, counseling should be given for addiction and health education should be provided.

Socio-demographic characteristics of textile workers