Spectrum of otorhinolaryngologic ailments in the North Indian state of Punjab: a seven year retrospective study of peripheral health camps

Manish Munjal, Porshia Rishi, Nitika Tuli, Harjinder Singh, Shivam Talwar, Salony Sharma, Shubham Munjal


Background: Community otorhinolaryngology services have a role to play in the early diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the individuals with low socioeconomic status.

Methods: A retrospective study of 52 ear, nose, throat and head neck, peripheral camps held during a 7-year period, i.e. 2012-2019 was undertaken. The camps were organised by Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. The epidemiological and gender profile of the patients with otorhinolaryngologic complaints was studied and statistically analysed.

Results: A total of 52 camps were organized over a period of 7 years (2012 to 2019). Maximum number of camps were organized in Malwa belt (49) with 65% being organized in Ludhiana city followed by Barnala and Sangrur. Maximum number of camps were organized at the religious places (44%) followed by non-governmental organizations (33%) and schools (23%). Male patients (55.7%) outnumbered the female at the camps. Out of 576 patients with nasal complaints 56.7% were male while 43.3% were female. Out of 538 patients with throat complaints 56.8% were male while 43.2% were female.

Conclusions: Maximum camps were held in the Malwa belt of Punjab. Otological ailments are of concern for the public. Relief and awareness from the camps of previous years brought about more attendance and request to hold more camps.


Camp, Complaints, Female, Male, Nasal, Throat

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