Manpower capacity and reasons for staff shortage in primary health care maternity centres in Nigeria: a mixed-methods study

15 May 2019

The heart-breaking maternal and neonatal health indicators in Nigeria are not improving despite previous interventions, such as ?Health for all? and ?Millennium Development Goals. The unattained health-related goals/targets of previous interventions put the success of the new Sustainable Development Goals in doubt if the existing paradigm remains unchanged. Thus, mere branding of health policies without improving what constitutes the health system such as manpower capacity and quality as well as staff-patients ratio will be wasteful efforts. This issue of global public health concern provided an indication for describing the capacity of manpower and reasons for staff shortage in primary level of health that are providing maternity services to women and their new-borns in Nigeria.