oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Neonatal tetanus in Maputo, Mozambique. Part I. Hospital incidence and childbirth practices

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The hospital incidence of neonatal tetanus cases in Maputo, Mozambique, from 1976 to 1982 is presented. After fluctuating between 173 and 254 cases per year in 1976-1978, the incidence has declined to 26 cases in 1982. The seasonal distribution of cases before the decline showed a bimodal pattern. A survey of 175 neonatal tetanus admissions in 1978-79 showed that most mothers delivered at home and many used traditional methods, including placing a variety of substances on the cord.

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