oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Medical education and primary health care in Nigeria: The Sokoto University Experience

Volume 37, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Despite the acknowledgement and adoption of the Alma-Ata declaration by majority of the countries of the world as a strategy for achieving Health For All, medical educational systems often remain as ivory towers from the health service system. This traditional system of medical education does not adequately prepare doctors in developing countries for their expected leadership role in meeting the health needs for their communities through primary health care. In Nigeria, primary health care forms the basis for an official health policy aimed at meeting the health care needs of the entire population particularly those in the rural areas. This article, while highlighting the need for integration of medical education and the primary health care services, also examines the structural relationships between the two components at the Sokoto University in Nigeria, a West African country with one of the oldest medical educational system in the area.

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