Edo residents express worry over possible outbreak of epidemic from dump site

Edo resident express worry over possible outbreak of epidemic from dump site

 

Residents of the federal housing estate, Ugbowo, Benin City have raised fears over the possible outbreak of an epidemic in the estate.

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This claim comes from the stench emanating from the dump site belonging to the University of Benin teaching hospital, UBTH.

They want hospital authorities to relocate the dump site.

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Over the years studies have shown that open burning of garbage poses health risk to those exposed directly to the smoke and has more effect on people with sensitive respiratory systems

Worst hit are children and the elderly as it can cause headache, nausea and rashes in a short term.

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Worried over this possible health challenges following the continued dumping and burning of garbage within the Ugbowo Federal Housing Estate, residents are appealing to the management to relocate the dump site to save their lives.

They describe the stench emanating from the dump site as hazardous as they remain uncertain on likely implications.

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The Edo state commissioner for Environment and sustainability and the controller, federal ministry of housing, Edo state also added their voices for the relocation of the site

But the teaching hospital will have none of that as it dismisses the fears of possible spread of disease from the site.

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The residents say they will continue to push until the school moves the dump site from the estate.

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