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BRIEF REPORT
Year : 2000  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-49

Risk factors ass ociated with infant mortality among children born in Orba- a rural community of south eastern Nigeria between 1996-1997


Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

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Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu
Nigeria
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A survey of infant mortaliV in Orba, Udenu Local Governnient Area of Enugu State hetween 1996-1997 was carried out. The study revealed that the infant mortality rate (IMR) for the period 1996- 1997 was 63.5 per 1000 live births. The neonatal and postnatal mortality races stood at 20.3 per 1000 and -13.1 per 1000, respectively, A decline of26% in the IA1R was observed between 1996 and 1997. Similarly; the neonatal and postnatal mortality rates declined by 20% and 29% in the same period. major factors related to infant deaths were found to be fever, convulsion., diarrhoea, respiratorv infection and prematurity. High births orders, low socio-economic class, very early introduction of bottle feeding, late hooking for antinatal care and caesarian section were all associated with high infant mortality rates.


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