Aim: To assess the effect of handling currency notes on the health of bank cashiers.
Materials and methods: Currency notes which were taken from 20 randomly selected nationalized banks of Moradabad, India, were subjected to microbiological profile. On a sample of 45 cashiers and 45 general staff of those banks, a retrospective cohort study was conducted. Absentees of both the cohorts were calculated from the attendance register and the reason behind taking each leave was asked, then the leaves taken due to sickness, such as common cold, throat infection, fever, stomach cramps, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, skin infection, eye flue, urinary tract infection, were calculated separately. Calculations were done to get percentage of contamination of currency notes. Mean and standard deviation for each variable for the cohorts were calculated, and unpaired t-test was used for comparing between the cohorts. Statistical significance was set at p ≤ 0.05.
Results: When the two groups were analyzed, more cashiers were found to be absent from their duties due to sickness as compared with the general staff, and the difference between the two is statistically significant (p = 0.039). On comparing between the two groups, a statistically significant difference was observed for the leaves taken due to throat infection and fever.
Conclusion: Because of their profession, cashiers are at high risk of developing communicable infections. So they need to be aware of their vulnerability to get infected and should be provided with proper knowledge to maintain their health while doing justice to their profession.
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