Impact of wood burning mud cookstove on indoor air quality vis-à-vis human health in Western Himalayan Region

International Journal of Agriculture & Environmental Science
© 2017 by SSRG - IJAES Journal
Volume 4 Issue 4
Year of Publication : 2017
Authors : Yashpal Thakur, R K Aggarwal, S K Bhardwaj, Ajay Singh
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Yashpal Thakur, R K Aggarwal, S K Bhardwaj, Ajay Singh, "Impact of wood burning mud cookstove on indoor air quality vis-à-vis human health in Western Himalayan Region," SSRG International Journal of Agriculture & Environmental Science, vol. 4,  no. 4, pp. 10-15, 2017. Crossref,


The thermal efficiency of cookstoves was found to be 8% and power output 0.43 kW resulting in the emission of PM10 and VOCs which increased with increase in altitude from 31.91 μg/m3 and 2.52 ppb at lower to 92.63 μg/m3 and 8.71 ppb at higher altitude, respectively. It was found that 18% (26/142) of the respondents had cough, 11% (16/142) were having Grade 1 dyspnea (significant shortness of breath while walking up an incline or hurrying on the level ), about 6% (8/142) complained of chest pain and 7% (10/142) had given the history of having recurrent fever. The females are more exposed to the exhalants of the cooking fuel. The reproductive health of the females indicates that about 77% (40/52), with significant p value of 0.000, of the females had irregular menstrual history and 8% (4/52) with p=0.157gave the history of having suffered from hypertension during their respective pregnancy.


Cookstove, efficiency, pollutants, female, reproductive health


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