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The outcome of labor at the University Teaching Hospital (CHU), Yaounde, Cameroon.
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PMID:  2576539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The University Teaching Hospital, Yaounde, Cameroon became operational in 1982. This retrospective study analyses the performance of the maternity unit during the first 5 years. Data was obtained from casenotes, annual reports, delivery and operation registers. The maternal mortality rate (MMR) is one of the lowest in Africa. The perinatal mortality is low but could be improved upon. The reasons for the low MMR is discussed. It is possible to reduce the appalling MMRs of developing countries without sophisticated technologies.
The University Teaching Hospital, Yaounde, Cameroon, became operational in 1982. This retrospective study analyses the performance of the maternity unit during the first 5 years. Data was obtained from case- notes, annual reports, delivery and operation registers. 5614 deliveries over this 5-year period were analyzed. Patients were 12-49 years old. The maternal mortality rate (MMR) is one of the lowest in Africa (averaging about 33/100,000 births over 5 years). The perinatal mortality rate is also low (about 34.3 in 1000 births), however it can still be improved. The low MMR may be due to the short distance the patients travel to get to the hospital, the fact that 99% of the patients are booked, the existence of an efficient referral system, the use of the partogram in labor, and the existence of family planning clinics. Adequate staffing of maternity units is also important, to relieve overworked staff.
A S Doh; B T Nasah; J Kamdom-Moyo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  1989 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-05-10     Completed Date:  1990-05-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  317-23     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Centre for Health Sciences (CUSS), Yaounde, Cameroon.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Birth Weight
Delivery, Obstetric
Developing Countries
Hospital Departments / standards*
Hospitals, Teaching*
Infant Mortality
Infant, Newborn
Labor, Obstetric*
Maternal Mortality
Medical Audit
Middle Aged
Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital / standards*
Retrospective Studies

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