Table 2

Health coping strategies of the respondents for preventing sickness and diseases from extreme heat, cold and precipitation
Preventive/Pre-sickness health coping strategies by the households Yes
n* %
What coping strategies did you adopt to avoid heat sensitive sickness during summer?
Finish all the tasks earlier in the morning 416 92.9
Do not get out when the temperature is too high 386 86.2
Do not get out during noon 395 88.2
Take extra rest at home 405 90.4
Do not go outside home unless urgent or necessary 406 90.6
Drink more sugar cane juice 372 83.0
Drink different homemade juices 431 96.2
Drink much water comparatively 444 99.1
Drink green coconut water 404 90.2
Try to keep sweating free and neat and clean 281 79.2
Take oral saline 205 57.7
What coping strategies did you adopt to avoid precipitation sensitive sickness during rainy season?
Drink boiled water for drinking 45 10.0
Avoid using water from the river or pond 272 60.7
Use rain water 209 59.2
Try not to get wet in the rain 410 91.7
Don't let any water to stand beside the house 166 47.0
Use mosquito net to avoid the diseases 444 99.1
What coping strategies did you adopt to avoid cold sensitive sickness during winter?
Drink much warm water or tea 305 68.1
Do not go out of the house until the sun comes out 210 46.9
Take shower with warm water 129 28.9
Use warm or heavy clothes to avoid cold 445 99.3
Use oil or body lotion to prevent skin diseases 435 97.1
What additional coping strategies did you pursue other than seeking health care?
Discussed with neighbors 418 93.7
Got to know from someone who has suffered the same disease 312 72.2
Informed the relatives about it 357 84.2
Discussed with the NGO workers 22 5.4

n*= number.

(Q. What different coping strategies did you adopt to avoid climate sensitive sickness and diseases?).

Haque et al.

Haque et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:565   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-565

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