Health Status and Working Condition of Migrant Workers: Major Public Health Problems

Abdulbari Bener

Abstract


Background: Very little research and survey have been performed on the occupational health, hazards, and working condition of urban and rural of workers in Qatar. The aim of the current study is to identify the health status, lifestyle condition, working‑related problems, and accidentsexperienced by Indian subcontinental migrants (ISCM) in Qatar and their access to health‑care facilities.

Methods: This is a cross‑sectional study based on a representative sample of 1186 workers and study covering sociodemographic characteristics, medical conditions, and health‑seeking behaviors and personal experience.

Results: There were statistically signifcant differences between semi‑urban and urban migrant workers in terms of educational, occupation, income, working hours, and accommodation type (P < 0.001). Furthermore, there were statistically signifcant differences between migrant workers in terms of body mass index, delay in receiving salary, the right to medical insurance and sick day entitlement, cigarettes and shisha smoking, amenities, having on‑site safety measure, and sleeping hours (P < 0.01). Moreover, there were statistically signifcant differences between semi‑urban and urban migrant workers in terms of pain, cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal,
and pseudoneurologic and medical symptoms (P < 0.01). Multiple logistic regression was used for predictors’ health problems in migrant workers such as the absence of drinking water, tap water availability, safety facility tools, occupational status, shisha smoking, toilet facility, working hours,
and accommodation type were considered the strong predictors.

Conclusions: The current study revealed that there is a lack of insuffcient information for the migrants about their lifestyle, medical conditions, health risks, injury, and rights privilege in relation to legal working condition and health services.

Keywords: Access health care, health status, lifestyle, migrant workers, safety


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