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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN: 0972-5229
EISSN: 1998-359x
Vol. 13, No. 1, 2009, pp. 25-27
Bioline Code: cm09006
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2009, pp. 25-27

 en Challenges in critical care services in Sub-Saharan Africa: Perspectives from Nigeria
Okafor, UV

Abstract

Critical care services in Nigeria and other West African countries had been hampered by economic reversals resulting in low wages, manpower flight overseas, government apathy towards funding of hospitals, and endemic corruption. Since then things have somewhat improved with the government′s willingness to invest more in healthcare, and clampdown on resource diversion in some countries like Nigeria. Due to the health needs of these countries, including funding and preventive medicine, it may take a long time to reach reasonably high standards. Things are better than they were several years ago and that gives cause for optimism, especially with the debt cancellation by Western nations for most countries in the region. Since most of the earlier studies have been done by visiting doctors, mainly outside the West African subregion, this paper seeks to present a view of the challenges faced by providers of critical care services in the region, so that people do not have to rely on anecdotal evidence for future references.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.53112

Keywords
Africa, critical care challenges, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan

 
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