The effect of improving maternity services in a secondary facility, Zaria, Nigeria.
Preliminary studies : Facility review at the secondary hospital in Makarfi revealed a lack of drugs and skilled personnel and delays in treating and referring women with obstetric complications.
In 1994, maternity facilities were renovated, a revolving drug fund was introduced, midwives were trained and an ambulance was restored to service.
Attempts to secure a physician with skills in treating obstetric emergencies were unsuccessful.
Prior to these activities, obstetric services at the referral hospital were improved.
Community interventions focused on improving utilization by women with complications.
Between 1990 and 1995, substantial increases occurred in antenatal attendance (2517 to 5565 per year) and deliveries (325 to 1952 per year).
The number of women with complications seeking care at this facility, however, dropped from 85 in 1990 to 28 in 1995.
Referrals to higher level facilities increased from four in 1990 to 17 in 1995.
Costs : The cost of the interventions was approximately US $32000.
Ninety-eight percent was paid by the government and 2% by PMM.
Improving the quality of maternity services can increase utilization by women with uncomplicated pregnancies.
However, utilization of emergency services appears to be influenced by other factors, such as the ability to treat obstetric complications and prevailing economic conditions.
Mots-clés Pascal : Prévention, Mortalité, Mère, Gestation pathologie, Accouchement pathologie, Hôpital, Obstétrique, Amélioration, Homme, Femelle, Nigéria, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Prevention, Mortality, Mother, Pregnancy disorders, Delivery disorders, Hospital, Obstetrics, Improvement, Human, Female, Nigeria, Africa
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Cote : 98-0032507
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 17/04/1998.