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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-32

Socio-economic factors responsib,le for poor utilisation of the primary- health care services in a rural community in Nigeria

Department of Community Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

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Department of Community Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
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A cross-sectional study was designed to gather information from 360 mothers of children under 5 years of age , order to find out the factors that affected utilisation of primary health care (PHC) services available in Barkin Ladi. a rural local government area (LGA) in .Plateau State, Nigeria. Of th360 mothers interviewed using a structured questionnaire, 357 (99.2%) wen? analysed. The major factors that caused non-attendance of the available services in the local government area included the high costs of drugs (29%) and service charges (19%), easy access to traditional healers (39%) and difficulty in getting transport !o a health facility (JOOA). The unfriendly attitude of the health workers (3.6%) and the wasting of patients time at the facility (7.8%) did not constitute serious constraints .at ,attendance of facilities for use of services. R.ecommendations suggested for corrective measures inlude raising the standard of health workers through trai1fing, provision of integrated services .at all Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities, the introduction and sustenance of facility level Revolving Drug Fund Scheme.

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