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Street sweepers play an important role in maintaining the health and hygiene in the cities. This job exposes street sweepers to
a variety of risk factors such as dust, bioaerosols, volatile organic matter and mechanical stress, which make them susceptible
to certain occupational diseases. Nagda is an industrial town in the Malawi region of western Madhya Pradesh and it is situated
in the bank of Chambal River. The study was conducted to investigate the Occupational Health problems among street sweepers
of Nagda, M.P (India). A pre tested proforma was used to record the necessary information such as clinical history, socio
demographic factors, findings of clinical examination and investigations performed. The important morbidities detected among
street sweepers were, anemia (21.5%), hypertension (6.5%), upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) (11.3%) and chronic
bronchitis (12.9%) hyperacidity (9.9%), was detected. The prevalence of chronic bronchitis was significantly high among street
sweepers than that of subjects of the control group. Therefore, it is recommended that further studies with a larger sample size be
undertaken to identify the factors responsible for higher prevalence of chronic bronchitis among the street sweepers.
P. B. Reddy has completed his Ph.D. in 1991 from Vikram University, Ujjain. M. P. In 1992, he won the M.P. Young Scientist Award, by MP Council
of Science and Technology (MP.Govt). Presently he is the Associate Professor of the PG Department of Zoology, Govt. PG College, Ratlam, M. P.
He has published more than 23 papers in reputed journals and serving as an editorial/advisory board member of three reputed Journals. He is life/
fellow member of various 6 International Societies of Environmental and Life Sciences.
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