NIGERIAN NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF RURAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY AN ANALYSIS OF SOME SELECTED NATIONAL DAILIES

NIGERIAN NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF RURAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY AN ANALYSIS OF SOME SELECTED NATIONAL DAILIES

ABSTRACT

This thesis examines Nigerian Newspaper coverage of rural health care delivery. Using content analysis, the issue of concern was investigated by the researcher. This study was restricted to a one- year period (August 2011-July 2012) with sample size of 468 editions of three national dailies (The Guardian, Daily Sun and Daily Trust). Data obtained were analysed using simple percentages and tables. Summary of the results showed that rural health care delivery issues did not receive considerable attention in the print media; that the press do not allot considerable space to the issues on rural health care delivery; that the dominant story type were straight news report, among other findings. The researcher recommends among others, that the press should be carrying out their watchdog role of reporting the plight of the rural populace, as this will bring that to the notice of the government and consequently call for necessary actions from the government.