Using GIS in the Management of Health Infrastructure within Kaduna Metropolis, Nigeria

Y. A. Aliyu, M. W Shebe

Abstract


One of the most important indices of defining general welfare and quality-of-life of people in the world is the physical and mental health of individuals. The major factors causing diseases are essentially spatial; that is, their distribution and concentration vary in different locations.GIS is a decision support system that helps the managers of public health make sound decisions at less cost. In this study, coordinates of health facilities were collected using handheld GPS. Attribute data regarding these facilities were acquired. The information obtained enabled the creation of a geospatial database in ArcGIS 9.3 software. The database was queried and the results analyzed. The results show that primary health care (PHC) centres constituted just 4.61 percent of the entire health facilities within the metropolis, 10.53 percent were government owned while 89.47 percent were private owned. Buffer operation of 1.5 km for the various health facilities displayed areas that are neglected.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2013.v4n12p125


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