Determinants of Utilization of Maternal Health Care Services by Rural Women in Northern Kaduna State, Nigeria


Maternal Health
Health Care
Rural Women

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Muhammad, M. B., Hudu, M. I., & Kang, F. (1). Determinants of Utilization of Maternal Health Care Services by Rural Women in Northern Kaduna State, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Economics, Environment and Social Sciences, 6(2), 1-6. Retrieved from


The study was conducted to examine the determinants of maternal healthcare service utilization among rural women in Northern Kaduna State. Data for this study were collected using multi-stage sampling techniques to select 120 respondents using structured questionnaire as the data collection instrument. The tools used for analysis are descriptive statistics and logit regression model. Results from this research indicated that increase in Age, level of education of the rural women and form of family significantly increased rural women’s utilization of health care services. Marital status, husband schooling and distance to health care centers decreases utilization of health care services. Most important constraints to use of health care services by rural women are inadequate facilities/drugs (78.3%), distance to the health centers (73.3%) and time wasting procedure of accessing health care (68.3%). The study recommended improving educational opportunity for women in the area. Also, health officials should strive to ensure availability of drugs and efficient service delivery in the respective health centers.



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