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Issue Date: Jun-2012
Abstract: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of oneself and one's family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care. This declaration and many others, done at the African Regional levels and to which Nigeria is a member, acknowledges the importance of health care in the lives of individuals. In Benue State, despite the efforts made by the state government in providing health care delivery to her citizens, a lot still needs to be done. Many parts of the state do not have basic health care facilities, and where such exist, they are either non functional or lack the essential medical services, thereby denying many Benue indigenes the opportunity to access their health care needs. It is in view of these that this research uses the Catholic Social Teaching to advocate for the provision of an effective health care delivery to Benue State. Catholic Social Teaching operates on the foundational philosophy that we are all created in God's image and hence possess an inherent dignity as human beings. Consequently, no human being should be deprived of those essential needs like health care to live a worthy life. The research uses both primary and secondary sources to achieve its purpose. Interviews were done among medical personnel and patients across Benue State and relevant books, journals and internet sources were also employed. Policy statements and data were collected from the ministry of health and selected hospitals in the state and analysed. It is the finding of this research that the Benue State government has not lived up fully to her responsibility in providing qualitative health care to the citizens. Consequently, there is a high prevalence of infant and maternal mortality rates in the State. The research also found out that even though the Catholic Church, the N.K.S.T Church and other private institutions and individuals are involved in health care delivery in the state, they still need supplementary assistance for effective health care in the area. For health care delivery to be equitable, accessible and affordable to the citizens of Benue State, this research recommends among other things that funds and budgetary allocations to the health sector be monitored and judiciously used; that since majority of Benue indigenes live in the rural areas, the primary health care system should be strengthened. Government should as a matter of policy decisively collaborate and give financial assistance to private health care providers like the Catholic Church to enable them provide better health care delivery to the State. This research contributes to knowledge in the sense that using Catholic social teaching, it emphasis the dignity of the person in the provision of health care rather than focusing only on policies and structures.
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