The Problems of Lack of Technology and Health Conditions in Contemporary Nigeria: Life Expectancy, Infant and Maternal Morbidityy

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The problems of lack of technoloy and health conditions in contemporary Nigeria: life expectancy,
infant and maternal morbidity.

Nigeria is a major world oil producing and exporting country. It is the
largest society and modern country with the highest concentration of black
people in our global community. Endowed with some of the world's most valuable
natural resources including wetlands and productive human resources, Nigeria
was until a few decades ago one of the fastest developing third world
societies. But in recent years, its physical and material progress have been
truncated by corrupt and inefficient self serving governments in both military
and civilian forms. One of the consequences of the history of unaccountable
governance is lack of attention to technological development. In no area has
this situation been more affective than in health of the majority of the
people, in particular, the urban poor, children, women and rural folks whose
death make no "news" in daily newspapers.

At the present time, death is an unusal common occurrence in all parts of the
country. Life expectancy is at its lowest point in modern Nigerian history.
Infant and maternal death are considearbly high as death among the middle
class who occupy a small percentage of the Nigerian population. The position
of this study is that the lack of technological development is directly
related to high death rates, also, affecting growth and development of the
society. In this study, I will examine the relation between lack/inadequate
techological services and provisions and health condition. I will focus on
maternal and infant death in rural and urban settings.

This is an interdisciplinary study that strats with with a survey of
historical of Nigerian political history.
In the second section, I will examine health conditions in cultural, class and
gender contexts from a historical perspective. In the third section, I will
address techonological development, its retrogressive trends and implications
on health conditions and life expectancy in general and in particular, women
and children. In the conclusion, I will do a comparative assessment of
technological impact on health of people in early independent Nigeria and the
contemporary period.

Adeline Apena. PhD.


Keywords: Lack of Technological Services and Implications on Health Conditions, Lack of Technology and Low Life Expectancy, Poor Governance and Low State of Technology/Health
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Prof. Adeline Apena

Professor of History and Women Studies., History Law and Government, Sage Colleges, Troy NY
Albany, NY, USA

My full names are Adeline Igho Apena. I have B. A. Hons History, M.A in History and Ph.D in History.My field of specialty is social and economic history of the Western Niger Delta of Nigeria, with focus on women entrepreneurs. I have expertise in European international history, research expertise in Afro-Caribbean experience and women in Developing countries. The other aspects of History I teach include World history and topics in world history and senior seminar. I come originally from Nigeria and I have been a US citizen for more than seven years. I have done extensive research and publications on Africa and the Caribbean. Among my publications are Colonization, Commerce and Entrepreneurship in Nigeria. The Western Delta. 1914-1960.(1997). My research interests are global with focus on women issues, in particular, social cultural and economic issues and concerns. My current/on going research is on African women leaders in national and global scenes. I like music and travelling as favorite hobbies. My food is fish, okra and vegetable soup/stew.

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