Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003873
Title: Awareness on soil pollution among school students
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: The aim of the study is to evaluate the knowledge and create awareness among schoolchildren about soil pollution. Background: The term soil pollution refers to the presence in soils of chemicals that are either out of place or at higher than normal concentrations. Such contamination may be produced by mining and industrial activity or by sewer and waste mismanagement and has led to major societal concern. Hence, it is important to create awareness among school students regarding soil pollution. Materials and Methods: The questionnaire was self-formulated and was delivered by hand and collected on completion. The medium of answering the questionnaire was English. All the responses were kept anonymous. The questionnaire contained 16 questions which were framed to assess the knowledge of school students about the soil pollution. The questions were related to causes of soil pollution and effects on human beings and environment. 100 school students were randomly selected to complete the questionnaire. The responses to each of the questions were entered into the Microsoft Excel Sheet and summarized through the pie chart. Results: Most of the students stated that soil and air pollution is the major pollution affecting their locality. 63% of the students said that the reason for this is improper disposal of waste. On the other hand, students were not aware that accidental spills and nuclear wastes are the causes of soil pollution. More than half of the population stated that there is an unofficial garbage dump in their locality, which has led to soil pollution in their area. More than half of the students were unaware that soil pollution can lead to alteration in climate pattern. There was also unaware that soil vapors and skin absorption are the routes of intake of soil pollutants in humans. Conclusion: This survey shows that schoolchildren have a fairly rough knowledge about the causes and effects of soil pollution. Yet, some children are unaware about the recent causes of soil pollution such as nuclear wastes and accidental spills. Hence, it is important to educate them regarding all the causes and effects, thereby creating awareness and preventing the further destruction caused by soil pollution.

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    S. Vaishali 1 , V. Vishnu Priya2 , R. Gayathri 3 *

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    1 Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: V. Vishnu Priya, Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai - 600 077, India.

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    S. Vaishali 1 , V. Vishnu Priya2 , R. Gayathri 3 *

    Title:Awareness on soil pollution among school students
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (August)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (1971-1975)
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    Methodology:questionnaire based study
    Research Materials:Soil pollution

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Reforestation Soil erosion Soil pollution

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