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SHORT COMMUNICATION
Year : 2005  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 252-253

Agricultural practices and personal hygiene among agricultural workers in a rural area of Howrah district, West Bengal


1 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, R.G.Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India
2 Field Epidemiologist, Department of Epidemiology, AIIH &PH, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
D K Das
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, R.G.Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 16479913

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The study attempted to assess agricultural practices and personal hygiene among 100 agricultural workers in a rural area of West Bengal in 1999. 69% of the study population was marginal farmer with less than 2 acres of land. Organophosphorus group of pesticides were most commonly used pesticides (68%); spraying was irregular in nature (98%), through semiautomatic sprayer (99%) and only 5% used any special dress while spraying pesticides. 40% of workers used to store pesticides either in living room or in food storage area. 88% of them did not take any food during work with pesticides, only 37% used to take regular bath after working with pesticides but regular hand washing was practiced by all of them.


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