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Volume : II, Issue : IX, October - 2012

Mother's Awareness Regarding Air Pollution And Its Effects On The Health Of Their School Going Children

Kaberi Saha

DOI : 10.9780/22307850, Published By : Laxmi Book Publication

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Air pollution is the environmental factor with the greatest impact on health and is responsible for the largest burden of environmental related diseases. Pollutants in the air causing health risk to everyone particularly the children. Over a decade, a considerable number of research studies have reported adverse health effects associated with air pollution. The harm caused by air pollutants has been already recognized by medical practitioners, and researcher. There are basically two types of air pollutants, outdoor and indoor. Whatever may be the sources, the pollutant in the air can damage lungs at cellular levels, can reduce lung functions, increases the chances of respiratory illness and asthma ,increases sickness rates and may even increases the death rate. Children are the most vulnerable groups among us who are the worst sufferer of air pollution. Being concerned about the adverse effects of air pollution on children's health, the investigator conducted a study on the mothers of the primary school children of the greater Guwahati area of Assam on the basis of the following objectives – (1) To study the awareness of the mothers of primary school children of different age groups and education status regarding--- (a) Internal and (b) External sources of air pollution. (2) To study the effects of air pollution on the physical health of the children. (3) To study the impact of physical illness due to air pollution among the primary school children. A descriptive survey method was adopted. 150 mothers were selected on the basis of the full responses received from 10 selected city schools. Variables undertaken for the study was (1) Age and the (2) Educational status of the mothers. Self made questionnaire having (r = 0.64) was used for collecting data. Data were analyzed by simple percentages and chi square (X2) test. . The study reveals that, the mother's of the primary school children were aware about the external sources of air pollution, but most of them are not able to identify the different causes of the internal sources of pollution. It has also been observed that, our children of the primary schools of the greater Guwahati are suffering from different types of physical illness.

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Kaberi Saha, (2012). Mother's Awareness Regarding Air Pollution And Its Effects On The Health Of Their School Going Children. Indian Streams Research Journal, Vol. II, Issue. IX, DOI : 10.9780/22307850,

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