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Assessment of Public Awareness of the Detrimental Effects of Ionizing Radiation in Kontagora, Niger State, Nigeria

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Author S.T. Temaugee, T.A. Daniel, K.O. Oladejo, S. Daniel
On Pages 134-141
Volume No. 4
Issue No. 7
Issue Date July 01, 2014
Publishing Date July 01, 2014
Keywords Radiation, Ionizing radiation, Health detriment, Public awareness.


This study investigated the level of public awareness of detrimental effects of ionizing radiation in Nigeria, a case study of Federal College of Education Kontagora Niger State. A total of thirty-five (35) Lecturers and seventy-five students (75) were randomly selected from the five schools in the College. The instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire. Data obtained from the questionnaire was analysed using simple percentages. The result of the study revealed that 10 (28.6%) out of 35 lecturers and 32 (42.7%) out of 75 students of the sampled population were totally unaware of ionization radiation and its health detriments. Moreover, the remaining percentage of both Lecturers and Students had limited knowledge about ionizing radiation and its detrimental effects to humans. The research also shows that a significant percentage of both Lecturers and Students claimed that the topic ‘Ionizing radiations and their health detriments’ is not relevant to their field of academic inclination. Based on the findings of the research, it was therefore recommended that the government, NNRA, Physicist and concerned individuals should enlighten the general public on ionizing radiations, its health detriment and safety measures through seminars and the mass media.

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