Greener Journal of Medical Sciences

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Lekwot et al

Greener Journal of  Medical Sciences Vol. 2 (3), pp. 064-069, June 2012

 ISSN: 2276-7797 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Public Health Effects of Effluent Discharge of Kaduna Refinery into River Romi

 

Chikogu Vivien¹, Adamu Ibrahim Caleb² And *Vivan Ezra Lekwot³

 

¹Water Supply and Sanitation Division, National Water Resources Institute, Mando, Kaduna.

²Land and Water Division, National Water Resources Institute, Mando, Kaduna

³Department of Geography and Planning, University Of Jos, Jos, Nigeria

 

*Corresponding Author’s E-mail: ezravivan@yahoo.com


Abstract:

The study examines public health effects of effluent discharge of Kaduna refinery on River Romi. The study carried out in two years (2010 to 2011) had water samples collected in two seasons (rainy and dry seasons) and a range of physico-chemical and microbial parameters were measured. The results reveal that all the parameters measured were far and above the World health Organization (WHO) maximum permissible limits, the study identified potential health effects of the presence of these parameters in the water of River Romi. The significance of water to the health and well-being of human populations’ is increasingly apparent. Water pollution particularly from industrial effluents is a worldwide problem and its potential to influence the health of human populations is great.
There is no doubt that excessive levels of pollution are causing a lot of damage to human and animal health.
 
Keywords: Water pollution, Public health, Effluent Discharge, River Romi, Parameters

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