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Maternal Mortality and Maternal Health Care in Nigeria: Implications for Socio-Economic Development

Olonade, O. and OLAWANDE, TOMIKE IBIRONKE and Alabi, Oluwatobi Joseph and Imhonopi,, David (2019) Maternal Mortality and Maternal Health Care in Nigeria: Implications for Socio-Economic Development. Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, 7 (5). pp. 849-855. ISSN 1857-9655

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BACKGROUND: Even though maternal mortality, which is a pregnancy-related death is preventable, it has continued to increase in many nations of the world, especially in the African countries of the sub-Saharan regions caused by factors which include a low level of socioeconomic development. AIM: This paper focuses on cogent issues affecting maternal mortality by unpacking its precipitating factors and examining the maternal health care system in Nigeria. METHODS: Contemporary works of literature were reviewed, and the functionalist perspective served as a theoretical guide to examine the interrelated functions of several sectors of the society to the outcome of maternal mortality. RESULTS: It was noted that apart from the medical related causes (direct and indirect) of maternal mortality, certain socio-cultural and socioeconomic factors influence the outcome of pregnancy. Also, a poor health care system, which is a consequent of weak social structure, is a contributing factor. CONCLUSION: As a result, maternal mortality has debilitating effects on the socioeconomic development of any nation. It is therefore pertinent for the government to improve maternal health and eradicate poverty to ensure sustainable development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maternal mortality; Morbidity; Health care; Development; Reproductive lifecycle
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 11 May 2021 15:20
Last Modified: 11 May 2021 15:20

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