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Authors : Usman Mallam Hussaini, Abubakar I. Hassan.

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 Volume 3 Issue 10

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The study investigated Utilization of Telehealth among Primary Health Workers in Kano, Nigeria. Five research questions were answered and five null hypotheses were tested. Cross-sectional design was used in this study. The population of the study is 9,687 Primary Health Workers in Kano State. Multistage sampling procedure was used to select 300 respondents from various health care facilities under Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board (SPHCMB) using cluster and simple random samplings. A self-developed questionnaire named “Questionnaire for Utilization of Telehealth among Primary Health Workers” was used as instrument for data collection. The reliability of the instrument is 0.84, which was obtained using split-half method. Three hundred (300) questionnaires were distributed to Primary Health Care workers. Frequency count and percentage (%) to organize the demographic information of the respondents, χ2was used to test Ho1, and ANOVA was used to test Ho2 – Ho5 at 0.05 level of significance. The results revealed that primary health care workers in Kano state do not significantly utilize telehealth devices/services in discharging their duties (χ2=170.25, df:1, P>0.05); primary health care workers in Kano state do not significantly differ in utilization of telehealth based on their educational qualifications (F=1.610, df: (4,294), P>0.05); primary health care workers in Kano state do not significantly differ in utilization of telehealth based on their professions (F=1.984, df: (8,291), P<0.05); primary health care workers in Kano state do not significantly differ in utilization of telehealth based on the health facilities they are working (F=1.984, df (4,295), P>0.05); primary health care workers in Kano state do not significantly differ in utilization of telehealth based on their departments/units (F=0.960, df: (11, 288), P>0.05). It was therefore recommended among others that Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board should make the utilization of telehealth equipment/services available, accessible, affordable, effective as well as efficient at all the PHC centers in the Kano state. There is need for provisions of modern telehealth equipment in all health sectors in the state by government and all other concerned bodies. Health workers in Primary Health Centers need to be given training and skills acquisition on how to properly use telehealth devices, equipment and services for discharging their duties.
Keywords:- Primary Health Workers; Primary Health Centers (PHC); Telehealth Utilization.