Posted On Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 08:49:33 AM
Migrant construction workers, living in the city, may not have worldly possessions despite toiling hard, but they have a valuable asset which most of us long to achieve: sound health.
According to a study conducted by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), none of 1,500 construction labourers surveyed had major health issues like hypertension and diabetes, commonly found in urban masses.
A team of six doctors from the PMC’s health department carried out health check-up at six construction pockets of the city including Baner, Kharadi, Sinhagad Road and Satara Road from December 2011 to May 2012 after the state government’s directives.
However of the total construction workers, only five labourers were found suffering from skin diseases while 10 complained of backache.
Dr Sanjeev Wavare , assistant medical officer of the PMC who conducted the drive, said, “Skin diseases are due to consumption of water drawn from bore well and backaches because of carrying heavy load during work. But not a single person surveyed showed symptoms of major health issues.”
Wavare added, “They don’t have any sort of worries, anxiety, etc. They lead a tension free lifestyle.”