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American Journal of Public Health Research. 2015, 3(5A), 203-205
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-3-5A-43
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Burden of Dermatological Disorders in Remote Hilly Region of Western Nepal: A Community Health Camp-based Study

Ajay Kumar1, , Prasanna Raj Shrestha1, Jenny Pun1, Pratichya Thapa1, Merina Manandhar1 and Brijesh Sathian2

1Department of Dermatology, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara

2Department of Community Medicine, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara

Pub. Date: October 28, 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Scenario 2015; Millennium Development Goals)

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Ajay Kumar, Prasanna Raj Shrestha, Jenny Pun, Pratichya Thapa, Merina Manandhar and Brijesh Sathian. Burden of Dermatological Disorders in Remote Hilly Region of Western Nepal: A Community Health Camp-based Study. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2015; 3(5A):203-205. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-3-5A-43


Population based cross-sectional surveys depicting the magnitude of dermatological diseases among the hilly population in Nepal, where limited resources are available for skin care. The study aimed to measure prevalence of dermatological conditions and associated factors in remote hilly region of Nepal. The cross sectional study was done in September 2014 in a multispecialty medical camp held in remote hilly area of western Nepal to find out the pattern and assess the relation of various demographic factors with the type of dermatological disorders. All the cases were examined by a dermatologist in natural light and a clinical diagnosis was made. 153 cases were examined (total camp cases were 1132), camp prevalence of 13.51%. Patients were from one month of age to 90 years old with mean age of 25.69. The commonest cutaneous diseases encountered were bacterial infections(56/153). Odds ratio of infectious and non infectious disease in current smokers and non-smokers was 1.60. There was no statistically significant relation in type of dermatoses and age group (p=0.55), socioeconomic status (p=0.43), education level (p=0.74), occupation (p=0.24).

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