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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 63-69

A study on the perceived impact of indoor air pollution in a slum area of Kolkata, West Bengal


Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Vineeta Shukla
Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/kleuhsj.kleuhsj_172_21

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BACKGROUND: Indoor air pollution is one of the most serious environmental health concerns in today's times. OBJECTIVES: The objective is to find out the sources and health effects of indoor air pollution as well as assess the housing conditions among residents of a slum area in Kolkata. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted among 220 households in a slum area of Kolkata. Data were collected using a predesigned, pretested, structured schedule by face-to-face interview and observation technique and analyzed using SPSS version 25.0. RESULTS: About 56.8% of the study population complained of having at least one symptom of indoor air pollution. Factors associated with three or more symptoms were female gender, lower-middle socioeconomic class, absence of dampness, exposure to tobacco smoke, use of mosquito repellent, and presence of kitchen in the living room. CONCLUSION: The slum population should be educated about the major associated factors of indoor air pollution found in our study.


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