A Critical Survey of Water-Health Problems in the Tertiary Institutions of Nigeria

R. U. Ojiegbe

DOI: 10.2190/ES.31.2.d


Water-related health problems were assessed in a survey of four prominent tertiary institutions in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, using hospital data on water-related diseases from 2000 to 2004. The most prevalent disease was malaria, followed by diarrhea diseases and enteric fevers. The causes were traced to inadequate water suppliers and poor waste disposal habits among the students. It was also observed that the diseases are not likely to abate until disciplined habits of waste disposal and personal hygiene are inculcated in the students. Mass orientation and mobilization toward these goals are advocated.

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