Poverty and Environmental Conditions in the Lagos Megacity: Implications for Environmental health
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This paper presents an assessment of three low-income residential settlements in the Lagos Metropolis. Issues examined include environmental conditions and housing. The implications of these issues on public health were examined. Data collation was by the administration of structured questionnaires on household heads using simple random sampling technique. Data was analysed using simple statistical methods. The study showed that negative aspects of the built environment tend to interact with and magnify health disparities, compounding already distressing conditions of poverty. it was also discovered that lack of sanitation and access to potable water were most critical as prevalent diseases, such as typhoid fever and diarrhea were as a result of these inadequacies.The paper concluded by recommending measures for creating a healthy Lagos Megacity. These include the integration of urban planning and public health and the inculcation of sustainable practices in urban design.
Urban poverty , Environmental health , Urban planning , Residential settlements , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Lawanson. T. (2010). Poverty and Environmental Conditions in the Lagos Megacity: Implications for Environmental health; in the Lagos Journal of Environmental Studies, University of Lagos 7(2) 104 - 110