Distribution of Preterm Births in Nigeria

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https://doi.org/10.58676/sjmas.v1i8.45

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neonatal mortality, healthcare infrastructure, gestational age

Abstract

Nigeria holds a concerning position globally concerning preterm births, with statistics indicating an alarmingly high rate of premature births and subsequent neonatal mortalities. This research aims to delve into the prevalence of preterm births across five regions of Nigeria, contextualizing the issue within the nation's healthcare infrastructure and contrasting it with developed nations like the USA and Russia. Observational and comparative analyses were employed from extensive secondary data sources, including the WHO, UNICEF, and more. Findings from various states within the five regions showed a varied prevalence, from 16.9% in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria, to as high as 46.4% in State, South-South Nigeria. The difference in the definition of preterm birth based on gestational age between Nigeria and developed nations underscores the need for improved neonatal healthcare facilities in the country.

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Published

2023-10-26

How to Cite

Justus, O., Salibi, D., & Tzenios, N. (2023). Distribution of Preterm Births in Nigeria. Special Journal of the Medical Academy and Other Life Sciences., 1(8). https://doi.org/10.58676/sjmas.v1i8.45

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