A data sourced from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and published by StatiSense has revealed the average doctor-to-patient ratio for each of the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to the report, the FCT (although not strictly a state) has the best ratio in the country, with 1 doctor to every 1,267 resident population.
It was followed closely by Edo, Lagos and Enugu states with a doctor-patient ratio of 1:1,416; 1:1,709; and 1:1,812, respectively.
Only states such as Oyo (1 doctor to 2,729), Kwara (1 doctor to 2,965) and Rivers (1 doctor to 3,661) posted any figure that could be considered somewhat close to the top three states.
Enugu impressive data, the state’s health ministry officials say, stems in part from the rapid expansion of primary and secondary healthcare facilities by the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi administration, and largely from its massive recruitment of doctors and sundry medical officers to cater to the growing demands of the state’s Free Maternal and Child Health programme.
The report further indicated that Nigeria has a ratio of 1 doctor to 4,949 patients. “Nigeria therefore has 0.20 doctor to 1,000 population,” noted StatiSense, a data consulting company with expertise in analytics.
Although these figures fall short of the desirable doctor-population ratio of 1:1,000 recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), it still serves as an indicator chart through which every state’s performance in the health sector could be gauged.
The report also shows the North-West is the zone with the poorest doctor-to-patient ratio in the country, with Katsina and Zamfara states having the worst figures. They both have 1 doctor to 53,274 and 1 doctor to 37,945 patients, respectively.
Below is the survey as published by StatiSense: