Healthcare Development in Abuja and Its Socio-Economic Implications in the Area, 1976-2002

Julius O. Unumen


The paper examines healthcare development in Abuja between 1976 and 2002 and its socio-economic implications in the area. Up to 1976, the health situation in the area was deplorable. Communicable and water borne diseases were prevalent. Life expectancy was low and the standard of living was poor. It was in this regard that poverty was prevalent in the area. However, by 2002, there were two well-equipped tertiary healthcare institutions, a good number of general hospitals, health clinics, maternity homes and dispensaries spread all across the territory. By 2002, also, Abuja residents had access to healthcare services within 40 minutes walking distance on the average. Life expectancy also improved. Healthcare development was accompanied by a significant improvement in the socio-economic conditions in the territory. The paper establishes a nexus between healthcare development and socio-economic changes in the area within the period under consideration.

Keywords: Healthcare. Development. Abuja. Challenges. Implications.

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