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Table 3 Regional distribution of licensed pharmacists, community pharmacies and pharmacy training institutions in Nigeria

From: An analysis of pharmacy workforce capacity in Nigeria

Region Population (millions)* N Licensed Pharmacists (% Total)β Gender (%) N Pharmacists by area of practice (%) N Community Pharmacies (% Total) N Pharmacy Training Institutions
Male Female Acad & Reg. Admin Hosp Comm Indus Other α
North East 26.26 456 (3.6) 73 27 0.4 6.1 20.6 38.2 0.7 34.0 72 (1.9) 1
North West 48.92 916 (7.2) 73 27 1.6 3.3 14.4 42.4 1.3 37.0 179 (4.7) 2
South East 21.96 1328 (10.5) 61 39 1.0 2.6 11.1 45.9 1.8 37.6 377 (10) 2
South South 28.83 2018 [16] 60 40 1.2 1.6 12.7 36.9 1.0 46.6 794 (21.1) 7
North Central 29.25 2771 (21.9) 60 40 0.7 3.6 13.2 39.9 0.8 41.8 809 (21.5) 2
South West 38.26 5158 (41) 62 38 0.6 2.0 8.1 44.7 2.8 41.9 1537 (40.8) 4
  1. *population per region/states used are the 2016 estimates published by the Federal Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria available at http://nigerianstat.gov.ng/elibrary
  2. αincludes licensed pharmacists undergoing NYSC and others with unspecified areas of practice who are unemployed and/or foreign trained new graduates
  3. βexcludes 160 pharmacists not residing in the country and whose licenses are not accounted for within the states/regions
  4. Acad Academic, Admin & Reg Administrative & regulatory, Hosp Hospital, Comm: Community, Indus Industrial area of practice, respectively