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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 05)
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Effect of Gas Flaring on Lung Function among Residents in Gas Flaring Community in Delta State, Nigeria

S.I. Ovuakporaye, C.P. Aloamaka, A.E. Ojieh, D.E. Ejebe and J.C. Mordi
Corresponding Author:  J.C. Mordi 

Key words:  Gas flaring, Irhodo, peak expiratory flow rate, ugberikoko, , ,
Vol. 4 , (05): 525-528
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February 10, 2012 March 08, 2012 May 15, 2012
Abstract:

The study determined the impact of gas flaring on lung function by specifically evaluating changes in Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) of residents in Ugberikoko, a gas flaring community. Participants for the study were drawn from the representative group in the gas flaring community in Delta State, Nigeria and values obtained were compared with those from non gas flaring community (Irhodo). Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) was measured and used to assess lung function of the selected participants (n = 400) each for both. The peak expiratory flow rate was determined using the (Wright peak flow metre as a spirometric device ) results obtained for children, young adults and older adults from the gas flaring community are 270.053.30 (13-17 years), 222.176.03 (18-30 years) and 245.008.66 (41-50 years), respectively. Age-matched values from nongas flaring community are 432.055.57 (13-17 years), 420.7516.22 (18-30 years) and 428.5719.41 (41-50 years). Differences in matched values were significant (p<0.05). The findings showed that residents in gas flaring community had reduced peak expiratory flow rate.
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S.I. Ovuakporaye, C.P. Aloamaka, A.E. Ojieh, D.E. Ejebe and J.C. Mordi, 2012. Effect of Gas Flaring on Lung Function among Residents in Gas Flaring Community in Delta State, Nigeria.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 4(05): 525-528.
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