Ajadi et al
Greener Journal of Medical Sciences Vol. 2 (3), pp. 051-063, June 2012
Incidence of malaria among various rural socio-economic households
Kelani Omotoso Ajadi*1, Hezekiah D. Olaniran2, Folami Munta Alabi1 and David O. Adejumobi3
1Department of Urban and Regional Planning, The Polytechnic Ibadan, Nigeria
2Department of Geography, the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
3Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: ajadikoo2004@ yahoo. com
It is shown from the literatures that malaria is a disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted by an Anopheles mosquito. The disease that is prevalent in the tropical or sub-tropical climates. In Nigeria, malaria causes the death of an estimated 250,000 children under the age of five every year. The study aimed at applying multi-linear regression method to analyse the socio-economic factors associated with malaria incidence among various socio-economic households in rural areas taking Akinyele local government as a case study. Using systematic and simple random sampling methods, 387 respondents are interviewed through the administration of structured questionnaire. Regression result shows a strong significant relationship between malaria incidence and socio-economic characteristics of respondents within the various households (R=0.258 at P<0.05). The regression model shows that household size β=0.258 at p<0.05 and religion β=0.123 at p<0.05 are the major significant factors influencing malaria incidence among the various rural socio-economic households. The study suggests the intensification of the teaching of family planning and health education, and the use of soap opera and staged play in local languages to disseminating essential information about malaria to the people.
Key words: Anopheles, rural, households, malaria
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