Pattern of disease and treatment among the Oraon community under Midnapore municipality: An anthropological assessment
Santanu Panda, Moumita Saha, Kaushik Bose
In this paper we have made an attempt to studyrnthe pattern of disease and their treatment. This study was conducted in a wardrn(25) under Midnapore Municipality inhabited by Oraon tribe. These data wasrncollected from 52 families by using simple open-ended question and case historyrnmethod. Total number of population is 263. About 64 percent are literate andrnmost of the families depends on day labourer for survive their livelihood. Thernfindings revealed that the occurrence of the disease forms patterns in terms ofrnage and sex. The frequency of disease is less early ages but the boys and girlsrnbecome affected by various diseases like Cold/Cough, Fever,rncold, Jaundice, Typhoid, Menstruation problem, and etching etc. as soon asrnthey reach ten years old. The girls come across menstrual problems during theirrnteens. Serious disease like Tuberculosis, Gastric ulcers, Diarrhea,rnHypertension and Heart disease, Eye problem and gout pain begin to occurrnafter 40 years old among the Oraon. The treatment of disease also are flows arnpattern. In this studied populations no families were found to apply therntraditional herbal medicine. A good number of families were also found rush tornhospital and Quack doctor whenever they were affected by any aliments. Thernwhole scenario reveals a varied and varied condition rather than a uniformrnconsistent pattern.