Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2020)
Health consciousness among building construction workers: A survey in Mymensingh, Jamalpur and Gopalganj district in Bangladesh
Author(s): Md Arman Ali, Muhammad Torequl Islam, Md Shafiqul Islam
Abstract: Background: Construction industries are one of the major employment sectors in the modern industrialized world. The construction workers, contributing their best efforts by taking life risk are not free from health challenges. Aim: This study aimed to sketch the health consciousness of building construction workers among three districts in Bangladesh. Methods: A cross sectional study was carried out among 337 male building construction workers currently working on different construction sites in Mymensingh, Jamalpur and Gopalganj district in Bangladesh. For this, data were collected by direct interview using a prefixed questionnaire during the month of July 2018 to June 2019. Results: The findings suggest that 82.2% respondents had a poor level of health awareness, even they did not know their blood group. In case of sudden minor cuts or wounds 46.0%, 26.7% and 23.1% of respondents were found to use old cloth, meadow grass or arums stem sap, and antiseptics, respectively. For general illness 87.8%, while for sudden diarrhea 84.9% of the workers took over-the-counter medications from the local pharmacy. About 90.2% and 64.1% of the respondents did not use soap/detergent for washing hands before meal and after defecation, respectively. About 49.9% of the respondents were identified as chain smoker, although they have good knowledge about the harmful effects of smoking, as well as the benefits of having a balanced diet. Conclusion: The construction workers found in the survey areas have severe lacking in daily hygiene practice. Adequate precautions should be taken to increase health awareness among the construction workers.