Socio-economic factors that impact the occurrence of malaria in rural Nigerian households
World Journal of Medical Sciences
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, The Polytechnic Ibadan, Nigeria; Department of Geography, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria; Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Nigeria
The rural areas of Africa are reported to be the worst malaria infested areas. This study attempts a multi-regression analysis of socio-economic factors underlying incidence of malaria in rural areas taking Akinyele Local Government area in Nigeria as a case study. Three hundred and eighty seven (387) respondents are interviewed through the administration of structured questionnaire. Regression indicated a significant correlation between malaria incidence and socio-economic characteristics of respondents R = 0.211 at P < 0.05. The regression model showed that household size · =0.114 at P < 0.05, gender · =0.101 at P< 0.05 and marital status · = 0.102 at P > 0.05. The study suggested intensification of awareness campaign on reproductive health and family planning and effective rural planning are strategies to keep malaria incidence at the barest minimum. © IDOSI Publications, 2012.
adult; article; disease association; female; household; human; incidence; major clinical study; malaria; male; marriage; Nigeria; regression analysis; risk factor; rural area; sex difference; socioeconomics