Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2018, Page: 77-83
Off-Campus Living Among Ekiti State University Students in Southwestern Nigeria: Health and Policy Implications
Fasoro Olatunji Jimoh, Pharmacy Department, College of Health Technology, Ijero Ekiti, Nigeria
Aduayi Victor Adovi, Department of Community Medicine , Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Odu Olusola Olugbenga, Department of Community Medicine , Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Bolarinwa Oladimeji Akeem, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
Amu Eyitope Oluseyi, Department of Community Medicine , Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Received: Apr. 1, 2017;       Accepted: Jun. 14, 2017;       Published: Jul. 6, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.jher.20180402.15      View  585      Downloads  25
Abstract
The quest for attaining higher educational levels has increased over the year leading to the dwindling in the availability of hostel accommodation. A cross-sectional descriptive study design was conducted among 312 respondents selected utilizing a multistage sampling technique. Quantitative data was collected using a semi structured self-administered questionnaire. Analysis was done as appropriate on the univarate and bivariate levels using SPSS software version 20 package. An assessment of bed space ownership showed a majority, 198 (63.5%) did not have bed space with only 114 (36.5%) being the legal occupant of which 51 (16.3%) were with squatters while the remaining 63 (20.2%) were without squatters. Overall, female students made up the greater proportion of students without legal occupancy. Illegal owners of hostel bedspaces (32.8%) were found to experience more incidences of domestic accidents such as falls, wounds, electric shock, burns and scalds in the hostel compare to legal owners (20.2 Malaria was the predominant ailment experienced by the respondents 95 (49.2%), with asthma being the least 6 (3.1%). A greater proportion of the students are not legal occupants of their rooms. They are either squatters, floaters, colonizers or bought the spaces from the rightful owners. It is thereby advocated that universities need to engage in public private partnership using the “Build, Operate and Transfer” (BOT) model to build more hostels within the University premises.
Keywords
Off Campus, University Students, Health, Policy Implication
To cite this article
Fasoro Olatunji Jimoh, Aduayi Victor Adovi, Odu Olusola Olugbenga, Bolarinwa Oladimeji Akeem, Amu Eyitope Oluseyi, Off-Campus Living Among Ekiti State University Students in Southwestern Nigeria: Health and Policy Implications, Journal of Health and Environmental Research. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2018, pp. 77-83. doi: 10.11648/j.jher.20180402.15
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