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   2007| July-September  | Volume 32 | Issue 3  
 
 
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SHORT ARTICLES
Maternal health-care utilization among women in an urban slum in Delhi
Paras Agarwal, MM Singh, Suneela Garg
July-September 2007, 32(3):203-205
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36829  
  6 11,477 1,351
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Characteristics of primigravid women seeking abortion services at a referral center, Manipur
Ibetombi T Devi, BS Akoijam, N Nabakishore, N Jitendra, Th Nonibala
July-September 2007, 32(3):175-177
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36820  
Objective: To explore the characteristics of primigravid women seeking abortion services and find out the reasons for undergoing abortion. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study based on data collected in 5 years was carried out. All primigravid women who came to avail of the abortion services were included and their characteristics were recorded. Reasons for undergoing abortion in their first pregnancy were ascertained. The information was gathered by personal interview conducted by a trained person. Results: There were 11,141 MTP cases in the 5 years, with 740 (6.6%) women coming for abortion in their first pregnancy. There was a decrease in these cases during the years under study. Most of the women belonged to the 15-24 years age group. The majority of the women were from rural areas. Abortion services were less sought by women who were educated up to graduation or above. The majority of the women were unmarried. A little more than half of the women sought abortion services with 12 weeks of gestation or more. Parents referred these women for abortion services more than their partners. Sociocultural factor was the commonest reason for undergoing abortion among these women. Conclusion: Pregnancy in unwed girls was the main reason for seeking abortion services. They lack adequate knowledge of contraceptive methods. There is a need for encouraging adolescent health services including sex education.
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SHORT ARTICLES
Beliefs and attitudes towards mental health among medical professionals in Delhi
Kishore Jugal, Radhika Mukherjee, Mamta Parashar, RC Jiloha, GK Ingle
July-September 2007, 32(3):198-200
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36827  
  3 6,201 494
A high prevalence of caesarean section rate in East Delhi
SK Bhasin, OP Rajoura, AK Sharma, Mukta Metha, Naveen Gupta, Shishir Kumar, ID Joshi
July-September 2007, 32(3):222-224
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36837  
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EDITORIAL
Chandigarh: The first smoke-free city in India
JS Thakur
July-September 2007, 32(3):169-170
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36817  
  2 6,420 594
SHORT ARTICLES
Prevalence of psychosocial problems among school going male adolescents
Anees Ahmad, Najam Khalique, Zulfia Khan, Ali Amir
July-September 2007, 32(3):219-221
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36836  
  2 10,009 823
CME
Current status of national rural health mission
Suneela Garg, Anita Nath
July-September 2007, 32(3):171-172
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36818  
  1 13,021 1,316
LETTERS TO EDITOR
Infant-feeding practices among Kol tribal community of Madhya Pradesh
BK Tiwari, VG Rao, DK Mishra, CSS Thakur
July-September 2007, 32(3):228-228
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36840  
  1 2,590 317
A study of awareness on HIV/AIDS among higher secondary school students in Central Kolkata
Arindam Chakrovarty, Saswati Nandy, Rabindranath Roy, Bhaswati Sengupta, Sukanta Chatterjee, Ramendra Narayan Chaudhuri
July-September 2007, 32(3):228-229
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36841  
  1 4,879 670
Participatory training program on prevention of HIV/AIDS, with agent exposure, among Anganwadi workers for training young village women
Christopher Sudhaker, Anice George Jain
July-September 2007, 32(3):230-231
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36842  
  1 1,841 247
Prevention and control of uterine cervical cancer: Current strategies
Smita Asthana, L Satyanarayana
July-September 2007, 32(3):233-234
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36845  
  1 2,071 320
Adherence to antiretroviral therapy: Challenges and possible solutions in Indian context
Suneela Garg, Ravneet Kaur
July-September 2007, 32(3):234-235
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36846  
  1 2,049 328
SHORT ARTICLES
Influence of psychosocial workplace factors on occurrence of musculoskeletal discomfort in computer operators
Dinesh Bhanderi, SK Choudhary, Lata Parmar, Vikas Doshi
July-September 2007, 32(3):225-226
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36838  
  1 2,646 302
Community-based medical education: The Nepal experience
AK Sharma, BK Yadav, GC Pramod, IS Paudel, ML Chapagain, S Koirala
July-September 2007, 32(3):195-197
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36826  
  1 2,256 246
Gender inequalities while rearing of children under 5 years in a rural area of West Bengal
I Pal, RN Chaudhuri
July-September 2007, 32(3):215-216
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36834  
  1 2,135 355
Socio-economic factors and delivery practices in an urban slum of district Nainital, Uttaranchal
Sanjay Pandey, Ravi Shankar, CMS Rawat, VM Gupta
July-September 2007, 32(3):210-211
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36832  
  1 5,756 619
BOOK REVIEW
The textbook of Community Medicine (PSM) first addition
SK Pradhan
July-September 2007, 32(3):237-237
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LETTERS TO EDITOR
Rapid assessment of infant-feeding practices in Agra district
Manish Chaturvedi, Deoki Nandan, SC Gupta
July-September 2007, 32(3):227-227
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36839  
  - 2,406 477
Reasons for choosing a government hospital for treatment
JU Yadav
July-September 2007, 32(3):235-236
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36847  
  - 1,648 202
Court directs state of Rajasthan to clean up Jaipur City and improve environment
RK Bansal
July-September 2007, 32(3):236-237
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36848  
  - 1,488 135
A study on drug use in a rural community of West Bengal
Aditya Prasad Sarkar, Aparajita Dasgupta
July-September 2007, 32(3):231-231
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36843  
  - 1,462 226
Concerted health efforts prevent and contain diseases after floods disaster in Varachha zone of Surat
RK Bansal, VS Tripathi, VK Desai, A Singh
July-September 2007, 32(3):232-233
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36844  
  - 1,767 182
NEWS
News and events
KR Thankappan
July-September 2007, 32(3):238-238
PMID:20098546
  - 1,115 145
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
New technologies, new hazards: Need for evidence base: A report on the health status and safety measures in a biotechnology factory in Bangalore
VP Sudhashree, K Lalitha, VHH Surendra, K Rohith
July-September 2007, 32(3):178-181
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36821  
Background: In highly competitive economies, the fast-paced development of new and improved products and services inevitably spurs the development of new technologies, of which one-fifth growth has been in the biotechnology sector. Advances in technologies provide opportunities to minimize the drudgery of work and to eliminate old hazards, but they may create new currently unrecognized risks to workers. Objectives: To assess the morbidity pattern among workers in the biotechnology industry and also to find out the health and safety measures provided to the workers. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a biotechnology industry in Bangalore, which covered 779 employees who underwent health examination and blood and urine investigations; of the 779 employees, 600 were permanent employees and 179 were contract employees. Results and Discussion: The common morbidity among the workers included refractory errors; allergic contact dermatitis; hypertension; abnormal pulmonary function tests (61, 10.2%), of which 23 (37.7%) were from the production department; high eosinophil count (110, 14.1%). Majority, i.e., 46 (41.8%) worked in the production department. The safety measures provided to the workers are adequate, but there is a need to insist on regular use of personal protective devices by newly employed and contract laborers.
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A study of hepatitis E outbreak in rural area of Western Maharashtra
YK Gurav, SV Kakade, RV Kakade, YR Kadam, PM Durgawale
July-September 2007, 32(3):182-184
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36822  
Aim: To study the profile of infective hepatitis cases in the study village. Objective: 1. To study the time, place, and person distribution of hepatitis cases in the study village. 2. To find the source of infection in the study village. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Rethare Khurd village (15 km south of Karad, on bank of River Krishna), over a period of September 4, 2004 to December 5, 2004. Participants: All residents of Rethare Khurd village. Statistical Analysis: Proportions, attack rate, Chi-square test were performed. Results: Total 3749 individuals were surveyed and examined, of which 1920 (51.21%) were males and 1829 (48.78%) were females. Total 8 males and 17 females suffered from infective hepatitis. Blood samples collected from 10 patients for liver function test and serological investigation confirmed a hepatitis E outbreak. Maximum numbers of cases were in the age group of 15-30 years. The overall attack rate was 0.66%. The difference in attack rate of hepatitis of both the sexes was not statistically significant ( P >0.05).Only one ANC had infective hepatitis. Majority of the villagers (61.12%) defecated in the open near the intake well on the bank of River Krishna. Conclusion: This outbreak illustrates the role of the local Government in prevention and control of water borne epidemic and to strengthen the surveillance for water borne diseases in the rural area.
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Over reporting of RCH services coverage and operational problems in health management information system at the sub-center level
R Verma, S Prinja
July-September 2007, 32(3):185-188
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36823  
Objective: To evaluate the coverage of MCH services as against reported coverage and assess the extent of usage of health information system. Study Design : Community-based cross-sectional study. Setting: Twenty sub-centers of block Lakhanmajra, district Rohtak. Participants: Four hundred mothers having children between 1-2 years age. Statistical Analysis : Simple proportions percentages. Results: The study revealed marked variation in reported and evaluated coverage of various service indicators for MCH care. TT coverage and tubectomies performed were the only notable exceptions that where reported and evaluated coverage matched largely. Distressingly, only 10% of health workers used the eligible couple and child information register for prioritizing clients and preparing the sub-center action plans. The workers did not sufficiently use the information generated through registers, records, and reports maintained at sub-centers.
  - 3,367 441
SHORT ARTICLES
Vulnerability assessment in slums of union territory, Chandigarh
BT Rao, JS Thakur
July-September 2007, 32(3):189-191
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36824  
  - 4,126 348
Health awareness of high school students
Sonu Goel, Amarjeet Singh
July-September 2007, 32(3):192-194
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36825  
  - 5,540 673
Trend of HIV infection in police personnel attending VCTC of a tertiary care hospital
Neeraj Jindal, Usha Arora
July-September 2007, 32(3):201-202
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36828  
  - 1,918 261
The disappearing girl child: Possible role of sterilizations as a method of family planning
Sanjiv Kumar Bhasin, NK Saini, VK Trikha, ID Joshi
July-September 2007, 32(3):212-214
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36833  
  - 2,705 306
Fetal risk associated with rubella mass vaccination
F Behnaz, M Mohammadzadeh, M Sadre Bafghi
July-September 2007, 32(3):206-207
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36830  
  - 2,063 208
A study of opportunistic infection in HIV-seropositive patients
SA Mulla, Manish G Patel, Geeta Vaghela, Nazima Motala, Vikas Desai, Ratan K Shrivastava
July-September 2007, 32(3):208-209
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36831  
  - 2,899 389
Career aspirations and apprehensions regarding medical education among first year medical students in Delhi
Panna Lal, Chetna Malhotra, Anita Nath, Rahul Malhotra, GK Ingle
July-September 2007, 32(3):217-218
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36835  
  - 4,271 365
VIEW POINT
Gender issues: Why I was not born as a son?
Arun K Aggarwal, Neeru Gupta
July-September 2007, 32(3):173-174
DOI:10.4103/0970-0218.36819  
  - 4,196 524
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