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Healthcare Access And Outcomes In Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduna State, Nigeria

Dogo Simeon, Victor Ishaya

Keywords: Healthcare, rural, health outcomes, Zangon Kataf, poverty

Abstract

This study examines healthcare access and outcomes in Afana community of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduna State, Nigeria. Specifically, the study assessed health challenges faced by rural communities in Kaduna State, identifying factors contributing to limited healthcare access and disparities in rural communities and health outcomes in the area. The study adopted a descriptive survey design involving 97 respondents who responded to a structured questionnaire. Respondents for the study were selected through a simple random sampling technique. Data collected in the study were analyzed using descriptive statistical techniques in the form of frequency counts and percentages; and data were presented in tables and charts. The study’s results show that the impact of socioeconomic disparities on healthcare access in rural communities of Kaduna State has significant burden with limited progress in health outcomes within rural communities of Kaduna State, Nigeria. The study concludes that income level and poverty are the basic socioeconomic factors having the greatest impact on healthcare access and outcomes in rural communities of Kaduna State, Nigeria. Thus, the study recommends that policymakers in Kaduna State should prioritize rural healthcare in the State and allocate adequate funding for primary healthcare infrastructural development. Also, there is need for the upgrade of existing primary healthcare infrastructure and the availability of essential medical equipment and technology in order to enhance the quality and accessibility of healthcare services in rural communities of Kaduna State, Nigeria.

Author Biography

Dogo Simeon

Geography Department

Kaduna State College of Education Gidan Waya,

Kaduna, Nigeria

simeondogo@gmail.com

Victor Ishaya

Geography Department

Kaduna State College of Education Gidan Waya,

Kaduna, Nigeria

sirvkaku@gmail.com

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