MORBIDITY LEVEL AND HEALTH SEEKING BEHAVIOUR OF THE RESPONDENTS IN RURAL AREAS â€“ A STUDY IN KANYAKUMARI DISTRICT
N. D. Esther Rani
Health is very valuable and people always look for a long and healthy life as an end in itself. Good health stands for higher labour productivity, increases the level of well-being and hence, enhances economic growth . In this present study the morbidity level of the sample rural respondents of Kanyakumari district during the past six months of the interview period is analysed. For better understanding, the morbidity level is divided into minor illness and major illness. The analysis reveals that 51 per cent of the respondents are affected by minor illness such as fever, cough and cold. Among the major illness, diabetes is common in the study area. For treating minor and major illness, majority of the respondents prefer allopathic system of medicine. To improve the accessibility of medical care facilities by the people, the government should provide proper health care facilities in the rural areas and establish health centers near to their village.