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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 199-202

Awareness, prevalence and factors associated with respiratory morbidities among selected petrol pump workers in Bengaluru City?

1 MSc Community Health Nursing, St. John's College of Nursing, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Former Professor, St. John's College of Nursing, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Community Health, St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Merlyn Joseph
Department of Community Health, St. John's Medical College, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore - 560 034, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijoem.IJOEM_19_20

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Introduction: Petrol pump workers are exposed to fumes emanated during petrol filling and vehicular exhaust thus falling prey to several respiratory diseases. Objectives: To assess the awareness and prevalence of respiratory morbidities among petrol pump workers of selected petrol pumps in Bangalore. Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 158 petrol pump workers from 11 selected pumps in Bengaluru. Following IEC approval, the baseline socio-demographic data, knowledge regarding respiratory morbidities and current morbidity pattern were ascertained. Medical examination and Peak Expiratory Flow rate (PEFR) was estimated. Results: The 158 workers were all male, mostly between 18-27 years (65.19%) and high school educated (49.37%). Knowledge regarding respiratory morbidities was 56%, while prevalence of respiratory morbidity was 61%. Those workers who had completed their higher education (>10th standard), earning monthly income (>Rs. 5000) had better knowledge regarding respiratory morbidities. Recommendation: Pre-employment and regular medical examination including lung function tests and promotion of use of PPEs to be implemented.


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