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Policy Value and Primary Healthcare Delivery in Rural Nigeria: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

Policy Value and Primary Healthcare Delivery in Rural Nigeria: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities
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Author(s): Akhakpe Ighodalo (Lagos State University, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 17
Source title: Human Rights, Public Values, and Leadership in Healthcare Policy
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Augustine Nduka Eneanya (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6133-0.ch006

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Abstract

The health of a people is a major social capital to be prioritized and optimized for the growth and development of any country. Therefore, any government desirous of development should make healthcare delivery one of the cornerstones of its policy on development. In pursuance of these goals, the purpose of this chapter is to examine the dominant policy value, particularly the failure to faithfully implement government policies and achieve set goals. The method applied in the study is participant observatory method, using the basic need theory (BNT) as theoretical framework of analysis. The findings revealed that policy values frustrate the attainment of sustainable primary healthcare delivery in Nigeria. Challenges were highlighted such as improper monitoring and evaluation of policies, inadequate funding, program implementation, and lack of skilled professionals. The chapter concludes by suggesting opportunities to open primary healthcare delivery in the rural areas.

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