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Title: BACTERIOLOGICAL AND PHYSICOCHEMICAL STUDIES OF HOSPITAL WASTEWATER DISCHARGED FROM UNIVERSITY OF BENIN TEACHING HOSPITAL (UBTH), BENIN CITY INTO THE ENVIRONMENT
Authors: Ekhaise, F.O.
Omavwoya, B.P.
Keywords: Hospital waste
bacterial isolates
UBTH
Resin City
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Nigerian Journal of Microbiology
Series/Report no.: 22 (1);1732-1736.
Abstract: The bacteriological and physiochemical qualities of hospital wastewater discharged into the environment from University of Beam Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Beam City was investigated to assess the influence of the hospital wastewater in the receiving environment. The bacteriological parameters were carried using the standard microbiological techniques. The bacteriological parameters examined were total heterotrophic bacterial counts, which had values ranging from 1.9x107 to 8.3x1018 cfu/ml. The total coliform counts ranged from 1.2x103 to 1.6x103 MPN/100ml. The microorganisms isolated and characterized included eight (8) bacterial genera. The bacterial isolates were Kiebsiella, Pseudomonas, Escherichia, Serratia, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus. Proteus andBacillus. The bacterial genera, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas and Serratia were the most frequently distributed isolates in the hospital wastewater. Physiochemical parameters studied revealed that the hospital wastewaters though show some parameters whose values are higher than the WHO permissible levels. Others falls within the WHO acceptable limits. There is therefore, contamination of the receiving environment (water, soil and air) due to the discharged hospital wastewater, which could probably be hazardous to human health.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1357
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