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2013 Publications

2013 IESS - DNA Barcoding as a Tool for Sustainable Harvesting of Medicinal Plants Used in the Treatment of Diarrhoea and Male Sexual Weakness in Ghana.

As the safety of herbal medicine depends on the ability to correctly identify the plants used in their preparation, this study sought to use DNA barcoding as (i) an identification tool in the authentication of herbal medicines and (ii) their sustainable management in southern Ghana. Silica-dried leaves samples from thirty seven different medicinal tree species covering 24 families, used in the treatment of diarrhoea and male sexual weakness from three different conservation areas: Ankasa, Bia and Kakum, were sequenced at the rbcL gene region.

2013 IESS - Assessment of Marine Debris and Water Quality along the Accra-Tema Coastline of Ghana

A survey of marine debris was therefore carried out over a period of sixteen weeks at four beaches along the Accra - Tema coastline namely Sakumono, La Pleasure, Mensah Guinea and Korle Gonno beach. The main objective of the study was to determine the beach and water quality at the study locations

2013 IESS - Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination in Soils and Vegetation: A Case Study of Korle Lagoon Reclamation Site

This study investigated the concentration of heavy metals and vegetation around the Korle Lagoon Reclamation site in Accra (Ghana). The dispersion of heavy metals such as Pb, Hg, Cd, As, Zn, Sn, Ni, Cu and Cr within the soil profile from a depth of 0 - 60cm {at 20cm intervals) were assessed.

2013 IESS - Assessment of Escherichia Coli and Vibrio Cholerae in Household Water and Street Vended Foods in Selected Communities In Accra

Food and waterborne diseases are of major international public health concern and an important source of reduced economic growth. According to the World Health Organization more than 200 diseases are spread through food and water alone. E. coli and V. cholerae are among the many pathogens that have been implicated in food and water. A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted in four communities; Shiabu, Alajo, Old Fadama and Bukom in Accra between the months of May and August 2012.

2013 IESS - Assessment of Air Quality Impacts on Women and Children in the Accra Metropolis

Women and children within developing countries and for that matter Ghana are engaged in domestic and commercial activities that make them prone to inhalation of outdoor particle pollution, which may have effects or exacerbate existing respiratory diseases. It is for this reason that this study investigated the adverse health effects of air quality on women and children.