IJCRR - 6(10), May, 2014
SELF REPORTED MORBIDITY PATTERN AMONG THE COMPUTER AIDED EMBROIDERY MACHINE WORKERS
Author: Sartaj Ahmad, Gurmeet Kaur, Amir Maroof Khan, Bhawana Pant, Abhimanyu Kumar
Introduction: The small scale unorganized industrial workers are a neglected lot and hardly get the benefit from occupational health-and-safety related laws and other provisions. Computer aided embroidery machine workers is one such category and the morbidity profile associated with this group has hardly been documented. Objective: To assess the self reported morbidity profile and tobacco use among the computer aided embroidery machine workers. Material and Methods: It is a field based cross sectional study conducted by interviewing 224 embroidery workers of small scale industries of an urban slum in Meerut from November 2012-to August 2013. Results: Most (74.99%) of the subjects were less than 35 years of age. All were married males and 78.13% were either illiterate or educated less than primary school level. Majority (87.05%) were current users of some sort of tobacco. The most common self reported health problem was musculoskeletal (37.94%) and respiratory illnesses (33.04%). Conclusion: These workers belonging to unorganized sector should be imparted health education regarding the importance of physical activity and also tobacco cessation. More studies need to be conducted to highlight this issue in the national context.
Keywords: Socio-economic status, Smoking behaviors, Morbidity profile.
Sartaj Ahmad, Gurmeet Kaur, Amir Maroof Khan, Bhawana Pant, Abhimanyu Kumar. SELF REPORTED MORBIDITY PATTERN AMONG THE COMPUTER AIDED EMBROIDERY MACHINE WORKERS International Journal of Current Research and Review. 6(10), May, 108-111
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