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PREVALENCE OF ASBESTOS EXPOSURE OF THE MINE-WORKFORCE FROM TRANSKEI, SOUTH AFRICA FREE TO VIEW

Banwari L. Meel, MD*; Ruchika Meel, MB, ChB
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University of Transkei, Umtata, South Africa


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Chest. 2005;128(4_MeetingAbstracts):345S. doi:10.1378/chest.128.4_MeetingAbstracts.345S-a
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PURPOSE:  To determine the prevalence of asbestos exposure among the mine workforce from Transkei.

METHODS:  Between May 1997 and May 2000, 2,027 ex-mineworkers were examined at the Benefit Examination Clinic, a clinic located in the chest section of Umtata General Hospital (UGH), the teaching hospital of the University of Transkei, Eastern Cape, South Africa. A structured questionnaire with 17 questions were prepared and posted to 644 randomly selected ex-mineworkers. Four hundred and six (63%) duly completed questionnaires were received, which were later, compiled and analyzed with the help of Epi Info6 computer programme.

RESULTS:  Of the 644 questionnaires posted, 406 were returned. Of them 81(20 %) has had exposure to asbestos. Half the number 41(50%) of those exposed was between 40-59 years old. Among those who had been exposed, 8(10%) were smokers, 63(78%) asthmatics, and 56(69%) had a history of tuberculosis. Seventy- three (90%) complained of deterioration of health.

CONCLUSION:  One fifth of the mine workforce has had exposure to asbestos.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:  These findings will help compensation authorities, policy makers, and clinicians in understanding of the asbestos problem in this region of South Africa.

DISCLOSURE:  Banwari Meel, None.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


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