oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Perinatal mortality in Marondera district

Volume 34, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



In an attempt to identify factors associated with still births and those occurring in the first week of life, perinatal deaths in infants born in health facilities in Marondera Districts occurred during a seven months period 1986 were recorded and analysed. Sixty-six such deaths out of a total of 1900 births, giving a perinatal mortality rate of 35 per 1 000 total births. The largest groups with identifiable cause were intrapartum asphyxia (14 deaths) and severe prematurity (B.W. below 1500gms) (8 deaths). The other associated causes of perinatal deaths were antepartum haemorrhage, cord prolapse, toxaemia of pregnancy, ruptured uterus, severe congenital abnormalities and intra uterine infections.

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