Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation: Agrarian, Ecology, Communication and Community Development Perspectives, RUSET 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia

Research Article

Understanding Rural Healthcare Accessibility and Utilization in Nigeria; From a Gender point of View

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2317197,
        author={Aliyu  Hauwa Kulu Abubakar and Muhammad  Sheriffdeen},
        title={Understanding Rural Healthcare Accessibility and Utilization in Nigeria; From a Gender point of View},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Rural Socio-Economic Transformation: Agrarian, Ecology, Communication and Community Development Perspectives, RUSET 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={RUSET},
        year={2022},
        month={4},
        keywords={women income health inequality community health},
        doi={10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2317197}
    }
    
  • Aliyu Hauwa Kulu Abubakar
    Muhammad Sheriffdeen
    Year: 2022
    Understanding Rural Healthcare Accessibility and Utilization in Nigeria; From a Gender point of View
    RUSET
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2317197
Aliyu Hauwa Kulu Abubakar1,*, Muhammad Sheriffdeen2
  • 1: Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Ilorin, Ilorin Nigeria
  • 2: Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency (World Bank Assisted), Ilorin Nigeria
*Contact email: hauwaabubakar1960@gmail.com

Abstract

This study examined the role of gender in healthcare accessibility in rural settings in Nigeria. The objectives were: (i) to understand the state of rural healthcare delivery at the study area (ii) to determine the role of gender in healthcare accessibility and (iii) to investigate the factors that influence healthcare access and utility of women in particular. Using stratified random sampling, the study employed data from 69 health centers, 45 health workers and 44 health users across the eleven wards in the LGA. The data collected were organized using simple percentages and tabulation, while analyses were carried out using Students’ T-test statistics, Pearson’s moment correlation and regression. The study reveals that (i) local government funded healthcare facilities accounted for only 38.67%, while 61.67% were privately owned. (ii) Students’ T-test analysis showed that female health users had a mean score of 18.182% as against male health users 17.370% (iii) Income, more than marital status, distance, age, gender and education determines women’s access and utilization of healthcare in the study area.