The impacts of plastic pollution on public health in Nigeria
Author(s): Samuel IC Dibia, Kelachi T Wala, Uloma Onwuzurike, Benjamin Anabaraonye and Chukwudi P Arinze
Abstract: Plastic, one of the most preferred materials in today's industrial world is posing serious threat to environment and consumer's health in many direct and indirect ways. Exposure to harmful chemicals during manufacturing, leaching in the stored food items while using plastic packages or chewing of plastic tethers and toys by children are linked with severe adverse health outcomes such as cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive effects, among others. Plastic pollution is one of the glitches at the epicenter of the challenges plaguing the universe status quo with more than estimated eighty million tons of plastic related wastes being released into the sea annually. This study identified the impacts of plastic pollution on public health in Nigeria. It further identified the need for plastic pollution education across various communities, cities and institutions in Nigeria. The study also recommended the innovative tools of poetry, music and educational blogs among others for use in plastic pollution education for sustainable development in Nigeria. It concluded with the clarion call for more intensive research on the impacts of plastic pollution on public health in Nigeria.