, Vol 2, No 1 (2011)

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A REVIEW OF ISSUES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA IN NIGERIA, THE URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING PERSPECTIVE.

Muhammad Abubakar Nassarawa

Abstract


The role of Urban and Regional Planning strategies in the provision of a safe and healthy environment for Sustainable Development, achieving the millennium development goals and Nigeria's vision 20:2020 was investigated. Town Planners view a city as a complex weave which consist of arrangements of different land uses according to aesthetics, functional standards and the provision of infrastructure for the people among others. These infrastructures determine the quality of life of citizens and solve the social dimension of Malaria which is the poverty e.g. provision of adequate network of drainages keep away mosquitoes and the benefits are reductions of heavy Malaria treatment cost burden on household and the entire health system. The need for this Paper arises from the realisation that Malaria contributes to Nigeria's underdevelopment creating problems of high absenteeism in schools, work place, markets  and it is the major killer of the vulnerable groups: pregnant mothers, children and the aged most of whom are poor in that way threatening our industrial development. The methodology adopted for this study consulted solely on secondary sources; textbooks, journals, and conference papers as its base of argument. Among the major findings were that malaria is a social as well as environmental disease, Government, Donor agencies and Private bodies spend and care much on curative medical perspectives of Malaria fight to a certain extent than the preventive approach which is the comprehensive. Enforcement of physical planning strategies, policies ,preparation and implementation of development plans, and application of 1992 Urban and Regional Planning law will ensure a better chance of successful eradication of Malaria in Nigeria for a Sustainable Environment free of breeding spaces of mosquitoes were the major recommendations.

 

KEY WORDS: Malaria, Planning, Poverty, Environment

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