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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 234-237

Morbidity profile of long distance truck drivers in Hyderabad city, India

Department of Community Medicine, Share India, Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences, Ghanpur, RR District, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Enakshi Ganguly
Department of Community Medicine, Share India, Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences, Ghanpur, RR District - 501 401, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: The authors acknowledge the encouragement and fi nancial aid provided by Dr. PS Reddy, Chairman, Share India and GATI transport., Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.146603

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Context: Truck drivers in India suffer from multiple health problems related to their long travelling and inadequate rest hours. Aims: The objective was to study the health problems and risk factors in a sample of truck drivers in Hyderabad city. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted during June 2011 among 59 truck drivers from a transport company, who were interviewed using a pretested proforma and examined by trained investigators. Lab results and medical consultations were provided the following day. Results were analyzed using Microsoft Access software. Results: The mean age of truck drivers was 28.46 ± 9.3 years. 54% suffered from low backache, 16.95% from visual problems, 45.76% had hypertension, 8.47% had anemia and 30.51% had high-risk body mass index. The prevalence of risk factors for metabolic disorders was lower compared to the general population. Conclusion: Proper road and job policies for truck drivers should be framed, aiming at subjecting them for periodic health evaluations to detect the diseases early.

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