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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 281-284

Occupational health hazards of rickshaw pullers in lower middle income Country, India

1 Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Integrated Real World Evidence and Solutions, IQVIA, London, UK
3 Department of Anaesthetics, Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey, UK

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Dr. Nidhi Bhatnagar
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijoem.ijoem_113_21

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Background: Rickshaw pullers work in unorganized sector. Ignorance, poverty, and strenuous physical exertion make them vulnerable to ill health and disease. Objectives: To assess the magnitude and pattern of morbidity, associated sociodemographic factors, and health-seeking behavior of the participants. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 305 participants. Predesigned, pretested questionnaire was used for data collection. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) 16 version was used for data analysis. Results: About 61% of the participants had morbidity in their lifetime and 49.5% fell sick in the last 15 days. Substance abuse in any form was reported by 73.1%. Grade-1 hypertension was reported in 28.2% and 7.5% was having grade-2 hypertension. Age, monthly income, substance abuse, and availing of health services were significantly associated with the development of health problems. Conclusion: Need to devise interventions that will focus on health awareness and early health-seeking behavior among the participants.


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