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Title: Comparative analysis of environmental arsenic and other heavy metals in 2 Buruli Ulcer endemic districts in the Ashanti Region, Ghana
Authors: Gyasi, Samuel Fosu
Awuah, Esi
Koffuor, George Asumeng
Sampson, David Kwesi
Debrah, Alex Yeboah
Keywords: Asanti Akim North
Amansie West
Cadmium
Lead
Infections
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: JENRM
Citation: JENRM, Vol. I, No. 1, 56-62, 2014
Abstract: Arsenic occurs naturally and ranks as 20th most abundant trace element in the earth’s crust. It has been linked to Buruli Ulcer Infections in recent times. Arsenic and other heavy metals in the Asanti Akim North District were assessed and compared with concentrations recorded in Amansie West District. Analysis of results showed that, arsenic concentration in sampled streams within the Asanti Akim North District was 0.1545mgL􀀀1. This exceeded the WHO and GEPA recommendation for drinking water. Analysis of the results however, did not show any significant difference in terms of arsenic recorded from streams in Amansie West and Asanti Akim. Arsenic levels in the Amansie West were greater (0.1772 0.07323mgL􀀀1) than levels recorded from Ashanti Akim North District (0.1545 0.0503mgL􀀀1). Cadmium levels were analysed in water and soil based on the district designation and the results showed that, Amansie West District had levels in streams (0.0568 0.0045mgL􀀀1) that was less than that of Asanti Akim North (0.0600 0.0074 mgL􀀀1) (p= 0.7185). Result from this pilot study has shown that the Asanti Akim North District is also polluted with arsenic just as the Amansie West, affirming a possible link to BU infection.
Description: An article published by JENRM, Vol. I, No. 1, 56-62, 2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10705
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