These Field activities not only beneficial to the community but also they help to develop the skills in planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating field programmes among medical students.
Grinding mills have some serious occupational hazards such as unprotected machinery and uncovered belts causing mechanical injuries, exposure to loud noises causing hearing impairment or permanent hearing loss, exposure to grain dusts causing respiratory tract problems and allergy of the conjunctiva, improper ergonomics in work and other accidents, Which are more in our part of the world.
So an acceptable check list to screen Occupational health in grinding mills has been created and grinding mills in Nalur MOH area have been screened and database on occupational health and safety has been produced.
According to this screening, overall conditions of grinding mills and occupational health practices of workers are not up to the level of standard. Currently the work and the income of grinding mills have been markedly reduced due the increased sales of packed products. So the owners are struggling to maintain good conditions in the grinding mills. This could be one of the main reasons for this.
An extract of the report submitted by Mr. J. Sanjayan to the Department of Community and family medicine has been published bellow.