Aim: To determine the effects of dust on the respiratory health of street sweepers in Benin City.
Methodology: The study was carried out in Benin City. A total of 46 sweepers were interviewed using interviewer-administered questionnaires. Data collected were analyzed using statistical package for scientific solution (IBM-SPSS version 21.0). Chi square test and fisher’s exact test were used where appropriate and the level of significance was set at 0.05. Results were presented in tables and charts.
Result: It was found that 80.5% of the sweepers were in the age group 20-49 years. About two-third of the respondents were females and the majority of the sweepers have primary level of education or lesser.
Majority of the respondents suffered from cough and catarrh, while other symptoms had by the respondents include phlegm production, chest pain, sneezing, difficulty in breathing, noisy breathing, and nose irritation. In addition, about two-third of the respondents had good knowledge of respiratory problems. Also the majority of the respondents used PPEs, though the usage was found to be irregular and infrequent.
Conclusion: The high prevalence of respiratory symptoms among the street sweepers could be attributable to undue dust inhalation while sweeping.