International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research


International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research
Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2017)

Health problems of female farm labours


Dr. Varsha S Zanvar, Aruna R Kharwade

A cross sectional study was conducted to assess the health problems of 500 female farm labours of Parbhani district of Marathawada region of Maharashtra state. The study revealed that majority of female farm labours were from nuclear families in urban slums (76.8 per cent) and in rural (67.2 per cent). More per cent of rural families (79.2 per cent) were vegetarian whereas urban slums (69.2 per cent) were non-vegetarian. Maximum numbers of farm women were belonging to income group Rs. 6001-10, 000/- per month. The commonly observed health problems included were repeated illness, severe diseases, backache, pain in stomach, depression, pain in legs, headache, breathlessness, weakness, lack of enthusiasm and diarrhoea. Near about 75 to 80 percent surveyed respondents were suffered with one or other grade of anaemia. Further they reported that the common health problem arises during menses were stomach pain (30.4% and 28.4%), backache pain (39.2% and 28%), legs pain (32% and 20.8%) and weakness (21.2% and 12.8%) in urban slum and rural areas respectively. Near about all female farm labourers conceived before they reached 18 years.
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