HOUSE-TO-HOUSE SURVEY OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITIES IN METROPOLITAN LAGOS, NIGERIA
One of the broad objectives of the Nigerian health service, vigorously being pursued at all levels of government, is to make comprehensive health care available and accessible to the population at the lowest possible cost, within available resources. Some state governments in the federation have already introduced free medical service as a practical way to remove financial barriers to access and in turn to encourage greater utilization of publicly funded care facilities. To aid health planners and decision makers in identifying a shorter corridor through which urban dwellers can gain access to comprehensive health care, a health interview survey of the metropolitan Lagos was undertaken. The primary purpose was to ascertain the magnitude of access problems which urban households face in seeking care from existing public facilities at the time of need. Six categories of illness chosen from the 1975 edition of the International Classification of Disease were used as indicators of health need. Choice of treatment facilities in response to illness episode was examined in relation to distance, travel time, time of use and transportation experiences. These were graphically described. The overall picture indicated that distance and travel time coexist with transportation problems in preventing a significant segment of those in need of health care from benefitting in the free medical service offered in public health facilities. Within this milieu, traditional medicine and its practitioners became the most preferred alternative. Recommendations were offered for action with regard to decentralization of general practitioner (GP) consultations in general hospitals and integration of traditional medicine and its practitioners into public health service.
EMEHAROLE, PATRICK ONYEAGHALA, "HOUSE-TO-HOUSE SURVEY OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITIES IN METROPOLITAN LAGOS, NIGERIA" (1981). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8212735.