Dust exposure

The ongoing rehabilitation of the Old Bwari Road in Abuja holds the promise of improved infrastructure and enhanced connectivity. However, amidst this progress lies a looming threat: the harmful exposure to dust generated by construction activities. In this discourse, we explore the adverse effects of dust exposure on public health and advocate for urgent measures to address this pressing issue.

Unveiling the Hazards:

As construction progresses along the Old Bwari Road, clouds of dust have become a pervasive presence, engulfing surrounding areas and infiltrating homes and businesses. This continuous emission of dust particles poses a significant health risk to the public, with far-reaching consequences that cannot be ignored.


Health Implications:

Inhaling airborne dust poses a plethora of health hazards to individuals. Fine particulate matter, often carrying toxic substances and pollutants, can penetrate deep into the respiratory system, leading to asthma, bronchitis, and exacerbating existing respiratory conditions. Furthermore, prolonged exposure to dust can trigger allergies, skin irritations, and cardiovascular diseases, posing a grave threat to public health.


Vulnerable Demographics:

Certain segments of the population are particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of dust exposure. Children, with their developing respiratory systems, face heightened risks of respiratory ailments and long-term health consequences. Similarly, the elderly and individuals with pre-existing health conditions are more prone to the harmful effects of dust exposure, necessitating urgent action to safeguard these vulnerable populations.


Economic Strain:

Beyond the toll on public health, harmful dust exposure imposes a significant economic burden on affected individuals and communities. Escalating costs of medical treatments, medications, and absenteeism from work due to health issues exacerbate economic hardships, perpetuating cycles of poverty and inequality among residents.


Call to Action:

Addressing the menace of harmful dust exposure on the Old Bwari Road rehabilitation project demands immediate and concerted action from all stakeholders involved. The construction company must prioritize implementing robust dust control measures, including water suppression, dust barriers, and proper waste management practices, to minimize dust emissions and protect public health.


Regulatory authorities must enforce compliance with environmental and health regulations, holding construction companies accountable for their actions and ensuring the well-being of the public. Community engagement and awareness-raising efforts are also crucial, empowering residents to advocate for their rights to a safe and healthy environment and mobilizing collective action to effectively address the issue.

The harmful exposure to dust on the Old Bwari Road rehabilitation project represents a grave threat to public health that demands urgent attention and decisive action. The adverse effects of dust exposure on respiratory health and overall well-being underscore the need for immediate intervention to mitigate dust emissions’ impact and safeguard public health.

As a Health, Safety, and Environment Specialist, I urge all stakeholders to prioritize public health in construction projects and take proactive measures to address the menace of harmful dust exposure. Only through collective efforts and unwavering commitment can we protect the health and well-being of current and future generations, creating a safer and healthier environment for all.

Let us unite in our efforts to combat the menace of harmful dust exposure and ensure a brighter and healthier future for our communities.

By Chukwuemeka Victor Esumeh (Health, Safety, and Environment Specialist).

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