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|Title: ||Indoor Air Pollution in Rural Settings in Plateau State Nigeria|
|Authors: ||Adah, O.S.|
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 5;No. 1; Pp 30-33|
|Abstract: ||Background." Indoor air pollution consists of toxic gases or particles that can harm people ’s health/These
pollutants can build up rapidly indoors to levels much higher than those usuallyfound outdoors. This study
therefore seeks to determine the magnitude ofindoor pollution in Plateau State and its eﬂects.
Methods: The study design used was cross sectional. Using the simple random technique, Plateau State
was selected by balloting and likewise the two local governments and the districts, respectively.
A sample size of 5 00 was used according to a study carried out in Delta State, Nigeria, where 98% of the
population uses solid fuel as a source of cookin g and heating.
Results: Majority of the respondents, (4 7. 40%) use ﬁrewood as fuel for cooking and minority, (1.00%),
cooking gas. Most (50. 60%) are farmers Three hundred and fifty eight (71. 60%), of the respondents cough
and majority, (78. 06%), usefirewood as a source of fuel. Majority, four hundred and sixty two (92. 40%) of
the respondents did not experience headaches with fuel for cooking and thirty foul; ( 6. 80%) of the
respondents did not have red eyes with the use of the various sources of fuel for cooking.
Conclusion." Indoor air pollution is a major public health hazard, especially in the rural settings. It may be
responsible for a similar proportion ofthe global burden of disease and it is necessary to keep in mind the
close relationship between poverty and dependence on polluting fuels. Socioeconomic development
should be the core effort to achieve healthier household environments.|
|Appears in Collections:||Community Medicine|
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