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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 94-96

Morbidity profile of cotton mill workers


Department of Community Medicine, Katuri Medical College and Hospital, Guntur 522 019, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Pravin N Yerpude
Department of Community Medicine, Katuri Medical College and Hospital, Katuri Nagar, Chinakondrupadu, Guntur 522 019, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.75697

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Objective: To study the morbidity pattern among cotton mill workers. Material and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in cotton mills in Guntur District (AP) in January 2009 to May 2009. Total 474 workers were included in the study. Results: All study subjects were male. Most of the study subjects belonged to age group 30−40 years (56.96%) and lower socioeconomic status (36.09%) according to modified Kuppuswamy's classification. The literacy status was varied with 5.70% being illiterate and 37.13% were educated up to primary school. Most of workers were working in Ring frame (41.56%) and majority (58.44%) were working for the last 5−10 years. Mean height of study subjects was 147.42 cm and mean weight was 55.11 kg. The common morbid conditions found were eosinophilia (18.35%), iron deficiency anemia (28.90%), byssinosis grade 1 (7.80%), dental stains (6.54%), refractive errors (7.80%), chronic bronchitis (4.85%), and upper respiratory tract infection (8.64%).






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