ADELUSI, J.O., OBALASE, S.B. & ADISA, T.O.
ADEYEMI COLLEGE O EDUCATION, ONDO
Abstract: The economic recession in Nigeria has affected various sectors of the economy including the health sector leading to low productivity, poor service delivery and poor health outcomes. The impact of the meltdown has affected the masses, the working force and even the market women. Many state governments have failed in their responsibilities of paying the wages of their working force not to mention the retired civil and public servants whose living and survival depends on their pension benefits. As one increases in age, his or her health status inevery dimension (physical, mental, emotional) depreciates and calls for adequate attention and maintenance. Aged pensioners in Ondo State, especially those who reside in Ondo have been observed to suffer poor health in form of different kinds of ailments consequent of aging and due to inability to take adequate care of themselves as a result of poor financial resources emanating from non-payment of their images by the government even when all commodities such as food and drugs are sold at exhorbitant prices. This study investigates the relationship between economic recession and the states of the different dimensions of the health status of pensioners in Ondo State domiciled in Ondotownship. The descriptive research design was adopted, three null hypotheses were formulated, making use of a self structured open ended questionnaire to gather information from the respondents. A sample size of (100) one hundred respondents was selected making use of the simple random sampling technique. The research analysed the data collected making use of student t-test to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. Based on the findings, recommendations were made, amongst which were that laws should be promulgated to care for the welfare of people above sixty (60) years old in Nigeria and that if such social welfare law is already enacted, it should be strictly operated by government both state and federal in Nigeria.
Keyword: Economic recession, health dimension, physical health, emotional health, social health