Dynamism of Physical Planning on Health in Dutse Alhaji, Bwari Area Council, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja .
Submitted By obilana
1.1 Background to the Study
Health is central to the development of any human society, thus an adequate healthy society can improve the social status of the people (Akanbi, 2014). Though healthcare is a vital service, however, it is often treated from symptoms rather than the causes of the poor health.
WHO (1948) affirms that, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not mere absence of disease and infirmity. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.
In recent years, much evidence has been accumulated which shows just how important the planning of physical, social, and economic environment in which we live and work is to our health. Conversely, physical planning systems are the methods used by the public sector to influence the distribution of activities in spaces of various scales (Andreas and Bas, 2002). Also, it is a process intended to promote sustainable development and is defined as goingbeyond traditional land use planning to bring together and integrate policies for the development and use of land with other policies and programmes which influence the nature of places and how they function.In the developing countries, a substantial and growing population lives in or around metropolitan areas and megacities (Adesina,2007).
The urban sector of any country is never static. It changes with time, in fact as the days and years go by, the urban landscape is altered. Development as well as growth in infrastructural amenities affects the land use, Abuja is not an exception since it was created in 1979 (Ago, 2001). Urbanization in Abuja also affects the surrounding satellite towns and settlements posing threat to the limited available resources, resulting in high cost of living (Ekoh et al, 2006).
It also brought about the haphazard housing development...