Poverty and Environmental Conditions in the Lagos Metropolis: Consequences for Environmental Health
Urbanization has resulted in the proliferation of slums and an increase in the number of poor people residing in cities. This paper investigates the relationships between urban poverty and environmental conditions, with a view to determine the effects on environmental health conditions in the Lagos Metropolis. An assessment of three low-income residential settlements in the Lagos Metropolis is done. Issues examined include environmental conditions, housing, security and transportation. The implications of these issues on public health were determined. The study shows that negative aspects of the built environment tend to interact with and magnify health disparities, compounding already distressing conditions of poverty and want. The paper concludes by suggesting measures to create a Healthy and Livable Lagos City. These include the integration of urban planning and public health, the adoption of GIS Technology in Planning and Health monitoring and also the inculcation of sustainable practices in urban design.
Keywords: Urban Poverty, Sustainable Development, Environmental Health, Urban Planning
Lecturer, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
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