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Table 6 Perceived diseases/health problems due to changes in heat, cold and rainfall/flood, compared to five to ten years ago (N = 450).

From: Households' perception of climate change and human health risks: A community perspective

Types of diseases During Heat
(*yes %)
During Cold
(*yes %)
During Rainfall
(*yes %)
Normal cold/cough/fever 85.8 96.7 92.4
Dysentery 66.5 55.9 49.4
Headache 65.0 64.0 55.9
Diarrhoea 63.3 25.2 56.8
Skin diseases 41.2 49.3 42.4
Burning sensation 35.7 5.3 7.3
Conjunctivitis 23.0 6.8 7.7
Jaundice/Hepatitis B 22.6 2.7 5.8
High blood pressure 19.2 5.6 7.3
Skin burn/blistering 18.9 0.7 3.6
Asthma 16.2 40.6 18.0
Psychological disorders 15.1 3.9 6.7
Typhoid 14.0 2.7 6.7
Pox 10.8 1.9 3.9
Weight loss 7.6 10.6 4.6
Malnutrition related diseases 6.2 6.5 5.8
Rheumatism/aching 4.9 13.8 8.0
Pneumonia 4.6 25.5 8.5
Measles 4.1 1.2 3.6
Bleeding from nose 3.8 0.2 3.9
Heatstroke 3.5 0.5 4.1
Malaria 2.2 0.5 8.2
Dengue 0.8 0.5 4.6
  1. [Respondents were asked the questions:
  2. "Which diseases/health problems occur most frequently in your area due to changes in heat compared to five to ten years ago"?
  3. "Which diseases/health problems occur most frequently in your area due to changes in cold/winter compared to five to ten years ago"?
  4. "Which diseases/health problems occur most frequently in your area due to changes in rainfall compared to five to ten years ago"? ]
  5. *Only the percentage of 'Yes' has been presented in the table