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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 487-490
A survey on the occupational health status of gardeners in Bhopal, India

Department of Pharmacology, Radharaman College of Pharmacy, Fatehpur Dobra, Ratibad, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Papiya Bigoniya
Radharaman College of Pharmacy, Radharaman Group of Institutes, Fatehpur Dopra, Bhadbada Road, Ratibad, Bhopal - 462002, Madhya Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.74348

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Background: Occupational gardeners are exposed to various risk factors like dust, allergens, sharp tools, and pesticides, which make them vulnerable to many diseases. This study was designed to survey the health status of this occupational group. Objectives: The objective was to collect sociodemographic and health status information of occupational gardeners. Materials and Methods: The study group comprised 75 male occupational gardeners of the Bhopal city and suburb. A pretested proforma questionnaire was used to record the necessary information like medical history, sociodemographic factors, and findings of clinical investigations. Result and Discussion: This survey reveals that 50% of gardeners are underweight, 31.99% with high normal to high blood pressure, and none with diabetes. The prevalence of vision disturbance (26.66%), eye inflammation (29.33%), stiff nose (21.33%), joint pain, swelling and muscle stiffness (29.33%), and accidental injury (28%) was significantly high among gardeners. Gardeners should be educated to use protective clothing, quit smoking and tobacco consumption, adopt proper body posture, and ensure vaccination.

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