Childhood Mortality In Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Childhood Mortality In Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Dr. Angela Frank-BriggsDr. Angela Frank-Briggs is a lecturer and practicing pediatrician at the University of Port Harcourt teaching hospital.  In 2001, Dr Frank-Briggs in collaboration with Professor Felicia U Eke and Dr. Jonathan Ottor MB BS published Childhood Mortality In Port Harcourt, Nigeria in Anil Aggrawal’s Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology.  The study’s findings were tremedously alarming.  The reasearch found that “Out of a total admission of 1777 children, there were 98 deaths (5.1%). Most of the causes of death were preventable. The largest single cause was birth asphyxia (20.4%) followed by malaria (10.2%), anemia (10.2%) and tetanus (9.2%). Neonates predominated accounting for 62 deaths (63.3%) (Frank-Briggs et al, 2001).”  I spoke to Dr. Frank-Briggs about the study and the state of Nigeria’s healthcare system in general.  Enjoy…

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