Poverty And Poverty In Nigeria

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The Niger Delta area of Nigeria has been in turmoil for a long time due to poverty and underdevelopment precipitated by corruption, greed and rent seeking behaviour. The management of Nigeria’s health care system by the government has increased poverty accelerating factors in the region. In recent times, health workers especially medical doctors have frequently embarked on strike and protests as a strategy for compelling the government to improve the health care system. During periods of strikes and protests patients are left without medical attention. Since majority of the people are poor, they find it impossible to afford medical care in private hospitals. This results in high death rates especially among the poor and low income group. Increase in the number of deaths brings further hardships on families especially when the deceased was the ‘bread winner’ of the family. This sometimes results in children becoming victims of child labour and involvement in anti-social activities. The inefficiency in Nigeria’s health care system can be attributed to inadequate attention given to health care services delivery by the government. This has adverse consequences on the people especially the poor. This makes it necessary that we investigate the extent to which this present situation serves as a reinforcing mechanism which causes poverty to persist. The Niger Delta is chosen as the study area because of the existing level of poverty and underdevelopment. The study relied on both
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