An Overview of the Worsening Situation of Primary Health Care in Nigerian Rural Sector


Salisu Ojonemi Paul* and Anthony Chekwume Okolie

Primary Health Care (PHC) is notably one of the major domesticated critical health care policies that are more resilient to situations of health crisis, proactive detection of epidemics, and supplementary situated for rapid response to emergencies in health care services demand. Thus, PHC remains the “front door” and “grass root” health care structure which functions in the provision of the foundational strength for essential public health services. However, the programmer is a pitiable one in Nigeria. This study therefore investigated the situation of PHC and Primary Health Care Centres (PHCCs) in Nigeria with the adoption of mixed methods and descriptive research design. It employed and applied “Urban Bias Theory” and discovered that there is the prevalence of epileptic health care services lack of infrastructural facility maintenance absence of skilled middle - level manpower required lack of decisive political will for policy implementation and evaluation the paucity of funds and its management, and community apathy. Consequently, the study recommends among others the resuscitation of infrastructural facility and maintenance of all the PHCCs across the nation strategic sustainable development of Public - Private - Partnership for the enhancement of Community Development Associations / Based Organizations [CDAs / CBOs] participation in PHCCs management in order to avoid apathy for funding intervention.