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People’s Awareness on Effects of Open Burning of Household waste in Kinondoni Municipality, Dar-es-Salaam

Paul, I. (2007) People’s Awareness on Effects of Open Burning of Household waste in Kinondoni Municipality, Dar-es-Salaam. Dar Es Salaam Medical Students' Journal. ISSN 0856-7212


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Open burning is the burning of any matter in such a manner that its products are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through an adequate stack, duct or chimney. The materials burnt nclude paper, trees, trash, brush, leaves, cans, leather, plastics, grass, and other debris where smoke and other emissions are released directly into the air the contents of which results into health and environmental effects such as bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer, immune system repression, reproductive system disorders, birth defects and others. To assess people’s knowledge on the health and environmental effects associated with open burning of household wastes at Kinondoni Municipality in Dar es Salaam City. This was a cross sectional descriptive study that involved 300 respondents. Structured closed and openended questionnaire were used in data collection and the study was carried in between February to May, 2007. Data coding was done during data collection & quantitative data analysis was done rough SPSS Version 12, a computer package programme, whereas qualitative data sociological/anthropological methods in data analysis were used. Health and environmental awareness of people on effects of open burning practice was high (61.7%). However, out of 300 respondents, 213(71.0%) reported to continue using open burning as their final disposal mechanism due to poor existing infrastructure (76.0%), cost implication ( 94.8%). Low frequency of waste collection (94.3%) and as normal practice habit (46%). The results from this study showed that people are aware of the health and environmental effects ssociated with open burning of household wastes. However the existing infrastructure, low frequency of waste ollection and refuse collection fee becomes the major barrier hence need thoroughconsiderations

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Household waste, Community health, Environmental Kinondoni Municipality
Subjects: Health Systems > Community Health
Divisions: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2015 08:04
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2015 08:04

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