Poverty, Household Characteristics and Child Health Care in Nigeria

  •  Odubunmi Sunkanmi    


Poverty is a household name in developing countries such as Nigeria and has been recognized as a major
problem inhibiting economic growth and development. As such, this study examined poverty, household
characteristics and child health care in Nigeria with the aim of finding out how poverty affects child health care
considering host of household characteristics. The theoretical framework is based on household utility
maximization derived from the human capital analysis, while logit regression estimation technique was adopted
for our analysis. Parental education influenced children health status and also positively significant in child
height for age. Also, household size and economic status are also significant factors in determining child health
status. The study therefore recommends that government should put in place policies to reduce the identified
constraints to child health care.

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