PERCEIVED HEALTH PROBLEMS OF SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL AMONG RESIDENTS OF RUSAU VILLAGE, JOS NORTH LGA OF PLATEAU STATE.
This study is aimed at the Perceive Health Problems of Solid Waste Disposal among the Residents of Russau Village, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State. Four objectives and four research questions guided the study. Literature relating to the study was reviewed, survey research design was adopted using structured questionnaire as instrument to collect information from two hundred and fifteen (215) respondents . The data collected from the respondents was analyzed using simple frequency and percentage method Cronbach Alpha method was used to determine the reliability of the instrument. It was done through half-split test method and reliability of 0.67 was obtained. The result revealed among others that, the respondents are well knowledgeable that proper waste disposal improves environmental hygiene (99.07%) and prevent health problems and diseases (97.21%), improper waste disposal causes spread of diseases such as cholera, ,nausea, malaria, (100%), improper handling of waste leads to air, water and land pollution (96.28%), Lack of environmental education (98.60%) and lack of individual social participation present poor waste management. Also recycling (93.95%), waste for land treatment (88.84%). Incineration (82.77%), sanitary landfill (75.81%) and reduction (71.16%), reuse (63.26%) was effective in solid waste disposal respectively. Based on the findings that the people are very much aware of the importance of proper refuse disposal, it was recommended that the government be aware of this fact and the health consequences of poor refuse disposal by making good and functional legislation at all level of governance for the maintenance of good and hygienic environment.