I come from Rockville. I was raised in this community from when I was 13 until when I was 22. This is the time I left and joined high school away from home. In this community, there is one environmental public health issue that has been of concern for long. Despite the fact that this is a city with one of the largest populations in United States, the challenge that is there is the uncontrolled gas and liquid emission by industries. So much of industrial by-products have for long been emitted in the atmosphere raising alarm as a public health issue. The waste products are such as nitrogen IV oxide gas, which is a by-product of manufacturing in factories. These gases and liquids are not only harmful to the human beings but also to any other living organism both animals and plants. The others include the oil products that are found in different parts of the city. Notably, the main economic activity in Rockville city is manufacturing and industrial activities, which use oil products and as a result, they produce the used oil that is not well controlled. Therefore, it blocks water sources (Anon, 2012).
The issue above may raise the rate of diseases and illness in the area. Notably, the gases that are emitted are harmful. They cause respiratory disease to human beings. They also affect the nitrogen cycle since they interfere with the percentage of each gas in the air. These are some of the ways that the public health issue above can be a source of diseases and illness. In addition, when liquid by products are emitted from the industries, they sometimes flow to water bodies forming layers that affect the aquatic life. This is also another way that the issue may be of public health concern (Chacko & Chacko, 2010).
This article, titled “U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010): Healthy People 2020 Framework” explains clearly this issue about health dangers the industrial wastes in cause this area. The site is the department of health and human services in the whole of United States. It therefore explains much about the challenge. The issue is however being addressed. The United States government through the department of public health has been working to resolve the issue. The government has employed several measures to help in preventing this hazardous problem. One of the measures that the government has employed is developing laws and acts that discourage untreated industrial waste disposal. It has also improved the drainage system of the area so that there will be no stagnant water, which would act as breeding sites for disease-causing organisms. These are dams which do not have fresh water and which are no longer useful for human use and also mining sites where there may be stagnant water during rainy seasons (Anon, 2012).
The other way that the government is working to reduce the problem is through civic education to the community. One of the main reasons why there is a challenge in the environmental conservation is because the people in the areas do not have the knowledge on how to conserve the environment. There is a way that communities should be taught on how to dump their waste products. In addition, there is a way the communities should be shown how to conserve water and improve drainage for themselves. Through this, the government is sure that it will help in improving the environment in this area. When the above programs are implemented, there is hope that with time this public health issue will be addressed (Chacko & Chacko, 2010).
Anon, A. (2012). In light of the failure to reach the healthful goals of Healthy People 2000 and 2010, what is the purpose of continuing the Healthy People 2020 goals? Journal of Physical Education, 83(4), 52-53.
Chacko, L. & Chacko, R (2010). Chapter 2: Modern Public Health Systems. In: Andresen, A. &Bouldin, E. (2010). Public Health Foundations: Concepts and Practices. New York: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010). Healthy People 2020 Framework.