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.