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Availability and Accessibility of Health Information to Women in Rural Community, Elemere, Moro Local Government, Kwara State
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This research work investigates the availability and accessibility of health information by rural women in Elemere communities of moro local government, Kwara state. Questionnaire and interviews are major instruments used for data collection which was done by examining relevant documents to obtain necessary information 10 set of questionnaire were administered to health workers and health information providers in which all the 10 questionnaires were retrieved. Interviews were conducted on forty (40) rural women. the study selects reconnaissance survey for its design. The data gotten from the study area was further analysed with the use of descriptive techniques such as frequency tables and percentages using statistical package for social scientists (SPSS). Map was used to show the study area. In addition, photography was used to illustrate the operation system in the study area. The result shows that the health information available to rural women in the study area (Elemere) is majorly on immunization (70%) which is the most frequent of all. Other health information available are maternal and child health information, prevention and treatment of sickness and communicable diseases. It was found that rural women values and sought often health information in the study area .however; The health information available to rural women in the study area is efficient, relevant but not sufficient as women are faced with The challenges of traditional belief on local drug, concoction and high illiteracy among women, unaffordable price of information materials.It was also gathered that rural women are aware of the health information available through various medium including friends and relative, direct contact with health centres and through community show talk. it was also gathered that sensitization on health is done by public health official the sensitization/awareness of the health information by public health official is once in a while as selected by 80% of the respondent and 20% of the respondent selected that the awareness is once every two months respectively. Moreover librarians are not part of health information dissemination in the study area. Appropriate recommendations were made towards improving the situation as revealed by the study.