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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 134-139

Challenges of anaesthesia in the management of the surgical neonates in Africa

Department of Anaesthesia, University of Ghana Medical School, P.O. Box 4236, Accra, Ghana

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Gladys Amponsah
School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Central Region
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.70410

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Africa has one of the highest neonatal mortalities in the world, for which the commonest causes do not include surgical conditions such as some congenital anomalies that are amenable to surgery but are not often operated on because of a number of challenges. These challenges include cultural beliefs and practices, dearth of human resource capacity, inadequate laboratory and imaging support and lack of consumables and intensive or high dependency care facilities. Some of these challenges will be examined and highlighted using the acronym "ASKS" in this article.

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