IJBHTM 2016 Volume 6 Issue 1

International Journal of BioSciences, Healthcare Technology and Management (IJBHTM) ISSN: 0975-3893

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Enhancing Access to Healthcare Services: A Lead Driver for more Economic Productivities in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Popoola, Oladayo Timothy. IJBHTM (2016), 6(1):1-8


Enhancing Access to Healthcare Services: A Lead Driver for more Economic Productivities in Kaduna State, Nigeria

Authors & Affiliation:

Popoola, Oladayo Timothy

Department of Economics, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria



For any nation to develop its citizens must be productive and they can be productive only when they are healthy; however, in Kaduna State, Nigeria, the prevalent and incidence of both communicable and non-communicable diseases has being on the increase over the recent times, and only 36 per cent of women in the state has benefit of access to health providers. As such, this study examined accessibility of Sabon-Gari and Giwa populace in Kaduna State, Nigeria to healthcare services. Data were from 400 healthcare service users and 47 health facilities in both Giwa and Sabon-Gari Local Government Areas, and analysis was through descriptive statistics. Evidence from findings indicates that healthcare services providers to population ratios are quite low with an average of 5,309 and 34,089 residents to a medical doctor in Sabon-Gari and Giwa LGAs respectively. Based on these findings, the study therefore recommended that training and recruitment of medical doctors and nurses/midwives (and other paramedical personnel) should continuously match the residents' health demands in both Sabon-Gari and Giwa LGAs.

Keywords: Healthcare Services, Access, Economic Productivities, Nigeria

JEL Code: I11, I31, O47