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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-35

An observational study on health-related demography of women and children belonging to scheduled caste population in selected areas of Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state, India

1 Regional Ayurveda Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
2 M S Regional Ayurveda Research Institute, under Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 National Ayurveda Research Institute for Panchakarma, Cheruthuruthy, Kerala, India
5 Department of Salakyatantra, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sinimol T Peethambaran
Regional Ayurveda Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jras.jras_34_21

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BACKGROUND: The scheduled caste (SC) population of India, especially women and children, lags behind others in the health scenario and the problem should be addressed with emergency concern. AIM: The aim of this article is to describe the health-related demography of women and children of SC population in selected areas of Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state, India during the year 2019. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Reproductive and Child Health project team of Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Lifestyle-Related Disorders, Thiruvananthapuram conducted health camps at four village panchayaths (village councils), namely, Maranalloor, Venganoor, Vilappil, Poovachal, and Neyyattinkara municipality of Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala through 240 tours during the period January to December 2019 through a door-to-door household survey for collecting the information on socio-economic and health status. Medical aids were also provided to needy individuals. RESULTS: A total of 5145 individuals were surveyed, which includes 3662 women and 1483 children. In the survey, 62 disease conditions in women and 25 various disorders in children were diagnosed. The most common clinical manifestation found in women and children was Sandhigatavata (polyarthritis) and Agnimandya (digestive impairment), respectively. CONCLUSION: The women and children belonging to SC population in the areas of Thiruvananthapuram district where study was conducted have good health status. However, considering the prevalence of polyarthritis in women and digestive impairment in children, diet and lifestyle related-vigilance needs to be promoted. Ayurveda includes noteworthy guidelines regarding personalized as well as season-based diet and lifestyle. Therefore, increasing vigilance in rural population toward such Ayurveda guidelines along with use of relevant Ayurveda medicines can be a strategy to improve the health status of women and children. IEC number: 9–19/2012-ARIMCHC/Tvpm/Tech/220

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