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Availability, utilization, and quality of emergency obstetric care services

Journal Article
(Published December, 2014)
Dele Abegunde (Author),
Ibrahim A. Kabo (Author),
William Sambisa (Author),
Tovin Akomolafe (Author),
Nosa Orobaton (Author),
Masduk Abdulkarim (Author),
Habib Sadauki (Author)
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A cross-sectional survey of health facilities in Bauchi State, Nigeria conducted between June-July 2012 concluded that availability, utilization, and quality of EmOC services are suboptimal. The health system’s capacity to manage emergency obstetric complications needs to be strengthened.  Only 6 (10.2%) of the 59 facilities surveyed met the UN requirements for EmOC centers. None of the three senatorial zones in Bauchi State had the minimum acceptable number of five EmOC facilities per 500 000 population.  Only 1416 (3.9%) of the expected 35 990 obstetric complications were managed in EmOC facilities. Overall, 45 (3.2%) of 1416 women with major direct obstetric complications treated at EmOC facilities died. Among 379 maternal deaths, 317 (83.6%) were attributable to major direct obstetric complications.

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Abegunde D, Kabo IA, Sambisa W, Akomolafe T, Orobaton N, Abdulkarim M, et al. Availability, utilization, and quality of emergency obstetric care services in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2014.