In spite of the integrated vision of the Alma-ata declaration, pathways between health and poverty have been poorly analyzed, and health has largely remained a secondary dimension to development rather than its central focus as required by the declaration. Health development programmes have also recorded minimal success. Therefore, this study examines the structure and performance of Primary Health Care (PHC) in Nigeria by adopting the dynamic regression modeling technique to find out the relationship between GDPand some health variables. The study found out that PHC in Nigeria has not been relatively effective as a result of lack of political and social commitment, community participation, inter-sectoral co-operation, and system support. The study, therefore, recommends that health care, which is a crucial asset for development, needs to be given central consideration by giving adequate attention to Primary Health Care. Furthermore, the study emphasizes the need to put in place strategies for community financing development assistance; this will provide support for unmet social needs.
|Keywords:||Primary Health Care, Development, Financing, Community, Social Needs|
Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Science, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria