The Alma-Ata declaration: an appraisal of Nigeria's primary oral health care three decades later.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

AIM: This work is a critical appraisal of the state of primary oral health care in Nigeria, the largest Black nation on earth, three decades after the Alma-Ata declaration of primary health care. METHODS: A review based on published peer-reviewed journals, documents from international organs like the World Health Organization, internet sources and newspapers, which beams a searchlight on the state of health care in Nigeria. RESULTS: Results show a lot of decay in the primary health care sector and a lack of proper amalgamation defined by affirmative action of the primary oral health care into the mainstream of primary health care. CONCLUSION: Time for massive action, first by the government, and then by the oral health professionals and the public and all stake-holders to ensure that the dream of Alma-Ata does not remain an illusion in Nigeria's oral health care sector.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Osazuwa-Peters, N

Published Date

  • March 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 99 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 255 - 260

PubMed ID

  • 21227530

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-6054

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.12.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland