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Abstract

The information available to an individual goes a long way to influence decision such an individual will take per time. The rural dwellers have been said to be at a disadvantaged in terms of information access, use and availability when compared to their urban counterparts. Therefore this study sought to determine the information need, access and use for family planning and social welfare by rural dwellers, the study specifically identified the source of health information available to the respondents, and it determined the frequency of information available to the respondents on family planning and social welfare. The study also identified the challenges to the use of information on family planning and social welfare by the respondents. Data from 188 respondents out of 200 respondents randomly selected from Ido and Akinyele LGAs of Oyo State were used. Data collected was analysed with SPSS and descriptive statistics like frequencies, percentages and mean were used. The study concluded that the rural dwellers had diverse information need for family planning and social welfare and the information accessibility varies from different sources with different frequency of use . It was recommended that information service centers for social welfare and family planning should be provided across the rural areas in the country.

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