Studies of health effect among the Taman Wahyu II Building, Kuala Lumpur residents at the former Landfill

Anuar Ithnin, Normah Awang, A. W. Nur Aimie, A. R. Shamrul Aizam, Farah Diyana Ariffin

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Former landfill at Taman Wahyu II, Malaysia produces various combinations of gases which can pose health problems among the residents. A study was conducted to determine the health effects among the residents who occupied the building at former landfill based on the symptoms of respiratory, skin, psycho neurological and cardiovascular disorders. Methods used were survey questionnaires and lung function tests using Peak Flow Meter among 61 exposed and 61 control respondents. Results showed that the majority of respondents answered 'no' for the disease's symptoms. Scores of symptoms and lung function tests among exposed and control respondents showed no significant difference between two locations although there were significant differences for the comfort level of staying at the residence. The normal level of the lung function test showed no significant differences between exposed and control respondents. This study also showed no correlation between age and health status of the respondents. Occupational factor with the symptoms of skin reddens, tiredness after working, difficulty to sleep, feeling dizzy, lack of appetite and PEF readings showed significant correlation with the range of values of a 2 = 10.241 to 20.668, p <0.05. Gender and poor appetite showed significant value and the value of a 2 = 6.061, p <0.05. Staying at the resident factor showed that only symptoms of skin dryness and reading of Peak Flow Meter were significant with range value of a 2 = 6.755 to 9.921, p <0.05. Smoking factor with symptoms of shortness of breath, feeling dizzy, lack of appetite, chest pain and PEF reading were significant with range of value of a 2 = 6.450 to 31.468, p <0.05. In conclusion this study showed no difference in health status among the exposed and control respondents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1524-1529
Number of pages6
JournalMiddle East Journal of Scientific Research
Volume11
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Waste Disposal Facilities
Health
Respiratory Function Tests
Appetite
Reading
Skin
Health Status
Emotions
Malaysia
Surveys and Questionnaires
Nervous System Diseases
Chest Pain
Dyspnea
Sleep
Gases
Smoking

Keywords

  • Health effect
  • Landfill
  • Lung function test
  • Neurological symptoms

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Studies of health effect among the Taman Wahyu II Building, Kuala Lumpur residents at the former Landfill. / Ithnin, Anuar; Awang, Normah; Nur Aimie, A. W.; Shamrul Aizam, A. R.; Ariffin, Farah Diyana.

In: Middle East Journal of Scientific Research, Vol. 11, No. 11, 2012, p. 1524-1529.

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