Asian Journal of Medicine and Health https://journalajmah.com/index.php/AJMAH <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of Medicine and Health</strong>&nbsp;<strong>(ISSN: 2456-8414)</strong>&nbsp;aims to publish high quality papers (<a href="/index.php/AJMAH/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in the areas of Medicine and Health Science.&nbsp;The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results.&nbsp;This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Every volume of this journal will consist of 4 issues. Every issue will consist of minimum 5 papers. Each issue will be running issue and all officially accepted manuscripts will be immediately published online. State-of-the-art running issue concept gives authors the benefit of 'Zero Waiting Time' for the officially accepted manuscripts to be published. This journal is an international journal and scope is not confined by boundary of any country or region.&nbsp;<strong>This journal has no connection with any society or association, related to&nbsp;</strong><strong>Medicine or Medical research and allied fields. This is an independent journal.</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><u><strong>Disclaimer:</strong></u>&nbsp;This international journal has no connection with any scholarly society or association or any specific geographic location or any country (like USA, UK, Germany, etc). This is an independent journal .&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> SCIENCEDOMAIN international en-US Asian Journal of Medicine and Health 2456-8414 A Comparative Assessment of Access to Healthcare of People Living in Ekiti and Kogi States of Nigeria https://journalajmah.com/index.php/AJMAH/article/view/30292 <p><strong>Aim:</strong> To undertake a comparative assessment of healthcare access of people in Ekiti and Kogi States of Nigeria. This further provided hard data for health program development towards attainment of universal health coverage and health sustainable development goal.</p> <p><strong>Study Design</strong><strong>:</strong> A comparative research design was employed using questionnaire for data collection.</p> <p><strong>Place and Duration of the Study:</strong> The study was conducted in Ekiti and Kogi States of Nigeria representing Southern and Northern parts of the nation. The fieldwork was conducted in October and December 2019.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> Multistage sampling technique was used starting from random selection of one local government area from each of the three senatorial districts in the two states. From each of the local government areas, five political wards were randomly selected from the existing number of wards. From the selected wards, equal number of 144 sampled respondents were contacted for the structured interviews to make 856 administered copies of questionnaire.</p> <p><strong>Results</strong><strong>:</strong> Most of the respondents could identify available health care facilities in their environment. However about 70 percent patronized secondary health facilities in Ekiti State while tertiary health facilities were visited mostly in Kogi State. Costs of health care is higher in Kogi compared to Ekiti State. 49% of Ekiti have a challenge in paying for treatment compared to 69% in Kogi State while from the two states, only about 19% have health insurance coverage. Respondents in Ekiti State experience strike actions of health workers than those in Kogi State. On appropriateness, Ekiti state has better scores while Kogi State has better score in acceptability.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong> Pronounced challenge to healthcare access is unaffordability of health care as a result of very low health insurance scheme coverage in the two states through Ekiti State has better indicators of quality healthcare.</p> C. T. Oluwadare A. A. Olorunfemi A. S. Atiba O. A. Ijabadeniyi ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2021-03-02 2021-03-02 7 17 10.9734/ajmah/2021/v19i130292 Universal Health Coverage- A Case Study of Indian Healthcare System during COVID-19 Pandemic https://journalajmah.com/index.php/AJMAH/article/view/30291 <p><strong>Aim: </strong>The main purpose of this paper is to look at the Indian healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic and how COVID-19 acts as barrier and also presents some opportunities towards the road of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).</p> <p><strong>Background:</strong> COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of health systems across the world and India is no exception. The World Health Organization (WHO) has kept the definition of UHC very flexible and has left on the country which is implementing it as to how much of the population and which services should be included in the scheme.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Discussion:</strong> India already has a unique flagship program Ayushman Bharat where it is trying to cover her most vulnerable population against catastrophic expenditure of health. This paper further investigates the progress of India towards UHC and how COVID-19 is acting as an impediment for India to progress towards it. On the other hand, it also poses some opportunities which had not been explored in the past. Health Systems Strengthening is the path towards the achievement of UHC and due to COVID-19, India has touched upon all the six building blocks which are needed to strengthen our system towards the achievement of UHC.</p> <p><strong>Recommendations and Conclusion:</strong> It recommends that Indian system should be more proactive than reactive; it also suggests following a systems-based approach and to not target the problem in silos. It also suggests increasing the government funding as well as establishment of proper public health cadre. To conclude, this paper also suggests that the government should include outpatient expenses into their scheme, and they should also concentrate towards building adequate infrastructure in order to face future pandemics like COVID-19.</p> Rashika Nandwani ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2021-03-02 2021-03-02 1 6 10.9734/ajmah/2021/v19i130291