Health and Health Care Issues Among the Chenchus

Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 66(1-2) : (103-115), 2017

Health and Health Care Issues Among the Chenchus

Jaya Sankar Rao, J. S., Xaviour, D., Mohammed Salman and Charles Sylvester
Anthropological Survey of India, Southern Regional Centre, Mysore, Karnataka

Abstract
The present study was carried out among the Chenchu of Mahaboobnagarand Kurnool districts of Telengana and Andhra Pradesh respectively in the last week of October, 2014. The study was carried out by conducting a Health Awareness Camp under Tribal-Sub Plan by the Anthropological Survey of India, Southern Regional Centre, Mysore in collaboration with the with Telangana and Andhra Pradesh state Government’s District Medical & Health Offices’. A total of 158 Chenchu individuals were examined during the camp (females-124 and males-34). The individuals were examined for various health ailments by the doctors. Wherever essential, necessary medicines were also distributed to the patients by the medical practitioners. Frequency distribution of ABO blood groups showed high frequency of B blood group followed by O, A and AB blood groups. While for Rh (D) blood group, except one case all other samples were reported to be Rh positive. BMI revealed that 61.39 per cent of Chenchu are normal followed by 27.21 percent as underweight and 10.12 per cent of them are overweight. Blood pressure reveals that 70.83 per cent are normal followed by 15.83 per cent as hypotensive and 6.66 per cent are of pre hypertensive and hypertensive respectively. Random blood sugar tests showed that all the tested samples fall in the normal limits. Haemoglobin estimation reveals that both men and women are in the range of border line to Frank anaemia. Few malaria and tuberculosis cases have been reported in the health awareness camp.

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