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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 115-117

Assessment of health profile of daily wage labourers

Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Thane, Maharashtra, India

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S Kartikeyan
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Kalwa, Thane - 400 605
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A cross-sectional study conducted in Thane district (Maharashtra) on 172 males and 116 females daily wage labourers revealed that none of them had access to occupational health services or any type of social security. Nearly one-third of the participants were 26-40 years old. The average number of health problems per participant was 1.22. Nearly two-thirds of the workers had musculo-skeletal problems, while 11.46% had various dermatological problems. These labourers were working in diverse environments and the nature of their jobs was always changing. Hence, it was not possible to pin point the causes of their health problems.


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