By definition a “DUD” is: “a thing that fails to work properly or is otherwise unsatisfactory or worthless”. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/dud
This morning (22 August 2015) the noise as recorded and measured in our house emanating from the local information centre peaked at 78.4 decibels when it should have been no more than 55 decibels in the street at the information centre, according to KMA and EPA permissible maximum levels. My family and I suffer daily from the harmful noise which ranges into the 60 and 70 decibels during the 48 (night) and 55 (day) decibel limits.
The KMA NOISE CONTROL UNIT IS CERTAINLY A DUD. If anyone should doubt my comments then just take a tour of Kumasi and observe the ear piercing noise and you will need no further convincing. YES INDEED THE KMA NOISE CONTROL UNIT IS A DUD!
The consequences for human health arising from either the inability or unwillingness of this DUD KMA NOISE CONTROL UNIT to bring noise pollution in Kumasi under control are dire:-
“The most dramatic effects are in heart disease, because exposure to noise can kill people”. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20326-noise-kills-and-blights-lives-in-europe.html#.VKol6tKUfVD
“Changes in the immune system and birth defects have been attributed to noise exposure”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_from_noise
“Effects of noise in pre-school and school aged children include cognitive tasks are impaired, like reading, long term memory, attention and motivation”. http://www.who.int/ceh/capacity/noise.pdf
“Noise can pose a serious threat to a child’s physical and psychological health, including learning and behaviour”. http://www.epa.gov/air/noise/ochp_noise_fs_rev1.pdf
“Sleep Deprivation of just 30 minutes of daily sleep debt raises weight and diabetes risk”. http://www.naturalblaze.com/2015/03/just-30-minutes-of-daily-sleep-debt.html
“Solitary confinement and prolonged sleep deprivation are just two examples of the psychological torture methods”. https://www.icrc.org/eng/assets/files/other/irrc-867-reyes.pdf