| BRIEF COMMUNICATION
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 199-202
Awareness, prevalence and factors associated with respiratory morbidities among selected petrol pump workers in Bengaluru City?
Jisha Saru Thomas1, PJ Mercy2, Merlyn Joseph3, Bobby Joseph3
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
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.
Dr. Merlyn Joseph
Department of Community Health, St. John's Medical College, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore - 560 034, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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