ASSESSMENT OF HEALTH IMPLICATION ON OVERPOPULATION IN AKURE, ONDO STATE

Owolabi, Babatunde Oluwaseyi, PhD

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria Email: babatundeoluwaseyi@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT The rapid growth of population has constituted serious problems especially in urban cities with great housing demand. This paper seeks to examine the health implication of rapid population growth on residential area in sabo odo-ijoka. Primary data was acquired through structured questionnaires which was administered to the study area the “random-systematic” sampling method was used. Secondary data were sourced from, journals, books, magazines, National Population Commission and the internet and ANOVA (Spss) was used to test the hypothesis. Findings reveal that malaria was the most reported ailment followed by diarrhoea, typhoid and cholera respectively. Number of person per room was found to have significant effect on the population of the area. The study concludes that overpopulation affects the health of the residents in the study area as health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, and housing is the contemporaneousness of the home, the immediate environment, and the community. The study therefore suggested that there should be a need to educate the people about the danger of living in unpleased environment, particularly in sub-Saharan nations including Nigeria, where effective and enforceable environmental policies are difficult to implement. This appears to be a possible solution as a preventive measure against the prevailing environmental hazards in the country, as education promotes health.

Key words: Assessment, Health, Implication, Overpopulation

Cite this article: Oluwaseyi, O.B. (2019). Assessment of Health Implication on Overpopulation in Akure, Ondo State. European International Journal of Science and Technology, 8(5), 26-68.