ISSN : 0975-9492


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Title : Assessment of Haematological Parameters Among Petrol Station Attendants and Auto Mechanics in Port Harcourt Metropolis, Rivers State
Authors : Ajuzie Godson Chukwuemeka, Adienbo Ologhaguo.M., Krukru Elizabeth Eepho
Keywords : Ajuzie Godson Chukwuemeka, Adienbo Ologhaguo.M., Krukru Elizabeth Eepho
Issue Date : Jul 2020
Abstract :
Rapid increase in the number of gasoline stations has contributed to air pollution. This is due to continuous discharge of volatile fractions of the product into the air and might lead to health problem in workers which are the exposed population. Auto mechanics are also constantly exposed to petroleum product by washing their hands with petrol to remove grease and washing motor engine parts. The aim of this study was to assess the hematological parameters among filling stations attendants and auto mechanics in Port Harcourt metropolis, Rivers State, Nigeria. A total of 150 subjects of age range (20—45 years) which comprises of 90 subjects that were impacted with petroleum products and 60 subjects that were not impacted with petroleum products serve as control. Using a questionnaire, personal data of each participant was collected. The questionnaire focused on age, sex and height, how long they have worked as a mechanic or filling station attendants, if they use any protective device at work, health challenge since the start of work. About 5ml of blood was collected from each subject for analysis. Haematological parameters were analyzed using auto analyzer, the various results were obtained and statistical analysis was done. Difference in mean was considered significant at p ≤ 0.05. Analysis was performed using SPSS 20.0. From the result, there was a decrease in platelet value in auto mechanic when compared to control. In addition, there is a statistically significant decrease on platelet value in people who are exposed from four years and above. There was a decrease in WBC on subjects who are exposed. There was a statistically significant decrease in PCV on the exposed when compared to the control. It was however summarily observed from this study that petroleum products could potently cause a decrease in some haematological parameters such as PCV, WBC and platelet.
Page(s) : 181-187
ISSN : 0975-9492
Source : Vol. 11, No.07