THE EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION OF EASTERN INDUSTRIAL PARK ON HUMAN HEALTH AND COMFORT OF DUKEM TOWN, ETHIOPIA
Eastern industrial zone was established for economic and social development, despite the fact that some of the industries inside the industrial park become causes of respiratory and other diseases. Consequently, the study aimed to investigate the effects of industrial pollution on human health from the perspectives of the local community. The study employed quantitative approach using both primary and secondary data. On the other hand, systematic sampling was used to select the required sample. The target population of this study was the households of selected kebele of Dukem town. A self-administered survey was distributed to the households. The quantitative data was analysed using SPSS software and multinomial logistic regression model and descriptive statistics such as percentage were applied. Tables, figures, charts and graph were employed for data presentation. Output from multinomial logistic regression revealed, air pollution was the dominant type of pollution that affects the health of local community. On the other hand, Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) was the prevailing disease that affects the health of local people. Based on output from descriptive statistics, the majority of residents believed that skin rashes and sneezing were the major allergy treat that impact their health. Finally, the researcher recommended that there should be local and national government intervention in the enforcement of industrial park policies that formulate to safeguard the environment in general and human health in particular.