Factors influencing delivery of effective animal health services in Garissa sub county, Kenya
The research study investigated the factors influencing the delivery of effective animal health services in Garissa Sub County. The objectives of the study was to establish the extent to which availability of resources (financial, material and human), , professional qualification of animal health service providers (AHSPs), performance management system and Communication networks influence delivery of animal health services in Garissa Sub County. The study used descriptive survey design with the questionnaires as the main research instrument for collecting data. The target population was 115,000 people which had 19,167 households and a sample size of 190 households. Simple random sampling technique was used for selecting households to be sampled in all the 8 locations of Garissa Sub County. The data collected was analyzed by descriptive and analytical techniques through SPSS software. This involved construction of frequencies, percentages and, distribution tables. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was computed to test the hypothesis at 5% significance level. The findings of the study revealed that there was significant association between the influence of availability of resources and effective delivery of animal health service. Secondly there was association that existed between professional qualification and effective delivery of animal health services. Thirdly, it was established there was no association that existed between performance management system and effective delivery of animal health service. Finally, it was established that there was significant association between communication networks and effective delivery of animal health services. The findings recommend the need to raise awareness among the livestock keepers on the importance of seeking animal health services. There was need to sensitize the community about the importance of education in the sub county. More training facilities should be channeled in the area and mobile training school encouraged. There was need to review and strengthen policies concerning the cost of treatment of livestock and also raise awareness among livestock farmers on the importance of keeping healthy livestock in order to protect their livelihood and food security.
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