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Table 1 Basic characteristics of the study communities

From: Why Muslim women in Northern Ghana do not use skilled maternal healthcare services at health facilities: a qualitative study

Characteristic Community Entire Central Gonja District
Tidrope Mpaha Buipe
Population (2010) 1,025 4,126 8,735 87,877
Number and type of health facility (2010) None Health centre (1) Hospital (1) Hospital (1), Health centres (5), CHPS zones (11)
Number of medical doctors (2010) 0 0 1 1
Number of midwives (2010) 0 0 2 9
Number of general nurses (2010) 0 1 3 6
Number of community health nurses (2010) 0 5 14 37
Number of pharmacists (2010) 0 0 0 0
Number of dispensary technicians (2010)* 0 1 1 2
Number of community based surveillance volunteers (2010) 1 2 11 518
Distance to nearest health facility (km) 13 2 1 n/a
Doctor to patient ratio (2010) 1: 110,576
Nurse to patient ratio (2010) 1:2,572
Number of maternal deaths (2010) n/a 2 25 28
Number of under-5 deaths (2010) n/a 10 14 25
Four plus ANC visits (%) (2010) n/a 34 33 29.8
Skilled delivery (%) (2010) n/a 18.1 22.2 13.4
PNC coverage (%) (2010) n/a 56.4 44.3 33.6
  1. *These are middle level healthcare personnel trained to dispense drugs at healthcare facilities where there are no qualified pharmacists.