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The struggle to reduce high maternal mortality in Nigeria.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20690258     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
According to UNICEF estimates for Nigeria, maternal mortality ratio is 1100 per 100,000 live births, antenatal care coverage 47 percent, institutional delivery rate 33 percent, and each woman bears six children on the average. Reducing the high maternal mortality ratio, which is the prime concern, has hitherto concentrated on transforming the health system through bringing resources and expertise to bear on the high maternal mortality per se including some of its surrounding elements. It has failed. High maternal mortality must be tackled at a much more fundamental level. In the complexities and uniqueness of Nigeria's current situation, it is suggested that the fundamental remedy is to stamp out the chaos in the country by getting the politics and governance structures right. Accurate population census is paramount. Compulsory registration of births and deaths, fixing the broken-down educational system and bringing back the public service ethos the country once had, are core issues.
Authors:
Kelsey A Harrison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  African journal of reproductive health     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1118-4841     ISO Abbreviation:  Afr J Reprod Health     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-09     Completed Date:  2010-08-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712263     Medline TA:  Afr J Reprod Health     Country:  Nigeria    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. kaharrison19@hotmail.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Female
Health Care Surveys
Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration,  statistics & numerical data
Health Surveys
Humans
Maternal Health Services / manpower,  organization & administration*,  statistics & numerical data*
Maternal Mortality / trends*
Medicine, African Traditional
Nigeria / epidemiology
Pregnancy
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Pregnancy Outcome / epidemiology*
Prenatal Care / organization & administration
Socioeconomic Factors

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