Adienbo et al
Greener Journal of Human Physiology and Anatomy
Vol. 1 (1), pp. 001-006, October 2013.
ISSN: 2354-2314 © 2013 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 080913829
An Assessment of some Cardiovascular and Lung Function Parameters of Municipal Solid Waste Workers in Port Harcourt, South–South Nigeria
*Adienbo Ologhaguo Macstephen, Njoku Bestman and
Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: ologhaguo.adienbo @ uniport.edu.ng
The study aimed to determine the impact of solid waste exposure on Cardio-Pulmonary parameters of municipal solid waste workers in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. A total of 314 randomly selected apparently healthy males comprising 169 test and 145 control subjects Participants in the study. Their weight and height were measured and BMI calculated. Also, their systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, pulse rate, Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) and respiratory rates were measured. Results show a significant increase in the systolic and diastolic blood pressures, pulse rate as well as a decrease in peak expiratory flow rate of the test subjects when compared with the control subjects. The effects were found to depend on the duration of exposure as well as on the body mass index (BMI) of the test subjects. We conclude that prolong exposure to solid waste impact negatively on the cardiovascular and lung functions and therefore could predispose to cardiovascular and or respiratory diseases.
Keywords: Solid waste, Cardiovascular, Lung function, Blood pressure, Peak expiratory flow rate, Port Harcourt.