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ISSN : 2456-8643

Title:
SPATIALDITRIBUTION OFPRIMARY HEALTHCARE FACILITIESIN ABI LGA OF CROSS RIVER STATE-NIGERIA

Authors:
Emri, S. Inaku , Okpe, A. Philip and Oko, E. Ekawu

Abstract:
This study examine thespatial distribution of Primary Healthcare Facilities within Abi LGA using Geographic Information System (GIS) approach. The study used the field survey and survey research design to acquire geometric and attribute data respectively. Geometric data (coordinates of healthcare facilities) were acquired using handheld GPS (Gammin 76 CSX hand held GPS recorder)andArcGIS 9.3, Geocal for coordinate conversion, Micro software 2013, Microsoft Excel 2010, attribute data (staff strength), hardcopy of administrative map of Abi LGA, population figure and overview information of the study area were also sourced. The results revealed that location of health facilities satisfy the National Health Policy on Primary Healthcare. However, these healthcare facilities lack the needed equipment and manpower to function effectively. Bias in the distributions of healthcare facilities (Ebom/Ebijakara ward with 34,709 population has three (3) health facilities, while Adadama ward with 17,409 population has six (6) health facilities-2006 census figure projected to 2018). It was recommended that among other things, the state government should retrain and redeploy staff to manned facilities as well as equipped these facilities.

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