oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Aspects of Rural Health V: Better Maternity Services

Volume 24, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



In a previous article it was stated that a rural clinic staffed by medical assistants should be designed to cater for the needs of 5000-10000 people. If a maternity service is to be included, the work-load of this aspect of the service must be analysed. There will be between 1 000-2 000 fertile women in this population and whether one uses the estimated Rhodesian birth rate of 54 per 1 000 total population or works on an average of six pregnancies during the fertile life of each woman, It is not only a delivery unit which we must provide, but one which cares effectively for women throughout pregnancy.

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