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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135-140

Estimation of maternal mortality ratio with sisterhood method in six local government areas of Oyo State, Nigeria

1 Research Department, African Health Project, Abuja, Nigeria
2 Department of Public Health, Triune Biblical University Global Extension, New York, USA
3 Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Kogi State University Teaching Hospital, Anyigba, Kogi State, Nigeria
4 Microbiology Department, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Idu, Abuja, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Felix O Sanni
Department of Public Health, Triune Biblical University Global Extension, New York
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mgmj.mgmj_80_21

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Background: The reduction of maternal mortality rate has been the top priority of global health, yet its persistently high rate in Africa is a severe issue that requires the attention of both the individual and policymakers. Objective: To determine the maternal mortality rate by applying the sisterhood method in six local government areas in Oyo State. Materials and Methods: The indirect sisterhood method was used to collect data concerning maternal mortality. For study purposes, the data were collected from women in the reproductive age group between 15 and 49 years using a structured questionnaire. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 25.0 software was used for analyzing the collected data. Results: It has been observed that the average maternal mortality rate in the six local government areas was 489/100,000 live births ranging from 346 to 756/100,000 live births. The highest maternal mortality rate was found in Iseyin local government area (756/100,000 live births), followed by 586/100,000 from Saki, 444 from Ibadan North, 430 from Ogbomosho, 374 from Atiba, and the least value of 346/100,000 live births in Ibadan North local government area. Conclusion: The maternal mortality rate has been found lower than the previous studies but still unacceptably high, especially among adolescents aged 15–39 years. Therefore, it is advocated that policymakers employ appropriate interventions such as the release of more funds for standard family planning and childbirth spacing programs to minimize maternal mortality in the state.

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