A morbidity study among villagers residing near industrial units

Asim Saha, D. S. Munda, J. Alam, K. Nayak

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Environmental health studies involving residents near industry are not frequent. More such studies in different settings involving different population may prove useful in finding newer health adversities and planning interventions. This present study was initiated in a population residing near a metal smelting industry to explore the epidemiological details as well as prevalent morbidity of the population. This cross sectional prevalence survey was conducted in a small village. This epidemiological study was done including the parameters, like questionnaire survey, clinical examination, pulmonary function test as well as hematological examination. Acute allergic symptoms, dental abnormalities, musculoskeletal complaints were the major morbidity reported. About 23% subjects were having evidences of very mild, mild or moderate fluorosis. Backache was present in 28.3% subjects. Joint pain was reported by 22.2% subjects. This study concluded that regular monitoring of population around industries should be carried out in respect to health effect and exposure patterns so that early intervention, if needed can be taken at the earliest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-666
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Environmental Protection
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 01-08-2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)

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