Public awareness of the health effect of radiation emitted from telecommunication masts
International Journal of Current Research in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences
This research work shows the level of awareness of the health effect of radiation emitting from telecommunication mast in Nne wi community .This was a prospective non-experimental study to determine the level of awareness of the health effect of radiation emitting from telecommunication masts among people living in Nnewi community. This study was carried out among adults from 18 years of age and above, living in Nnewi north and south areas of Anambra state. The data was collected by the use of
... cted by the use of questionnaire. Two hundred and four questionnaires were distributed to assess the level of awareness of health effect of radiation emitting from telecommunication masts among people living in Nnewi North and South. The data collected was analyzed using software, statistical package for social sciences, (SPSS), 16.0, (Chicago Illinois). The age bracket of 18-25 years were the highest respondents (48%, n=98) while the least respondents in terms of age were the age bracket, 41-45 years (1.5%, n=3). It was also noted from the analysis that most of the respondents were female (55.2%, n=112). The male respondents comprised 44.8 %( n=91).Also, from the analysis, it can be inferred that most of the respondents were all single (74.8%, n=151). The married individual comprised 25.2% (n=51) of the whole respondents. When the respondent was posed the question of whether they had any knowledge about the concept of radiation, 54.2% (n=110), indicated 'yes', that they had some knowledge about radiation while 34.5% (n=70), indicated 'not sure', which means that they are not sure whether they had such knowledge. 11.3% (n=23), indicated that they do not have any form of knowledge on radiation. Only few (4.9%, n=10) could not identify a telecommunication mast when they see one. 77.1% (n=155), concurred that these mast emit radiation while 16.4% (n=33) disagreed. 70.2% (n=139) concurred that it can pose health risk while 6.6% (n=13) said it does not have any effect. Majority of the respondents is aware of the health effects of radiation emitting from telecommunication masts.