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In Nigeria, Health Care Often Comes at a Steep Cost

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A newborn infant at the Okene Zonal Hospital in Kogi State, Nigeria. The infant survived a cord prolapse, which normally calls for an emergency C-section, after waiting for 12 hours until his family had collected enough money to pay for the delivery. Image by T.R. Goldman. Nigeria, 2017.

A newborn infant at the Okene Zonal Hospital in Kogi State, Nigeria. The infant survived a cord prolapse, which normally calls for an emergency C-section, after waiting for 12 hours until his family had collected enough money to pay for the delivery. Image by T.R. Goldman. Nigeria, 2017.

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The operating theater at the Okene Zonal Hospital in Kogi State, Nigeria. Image by T.R. Goldman. Nigeria, 2017.

The operating theater at the Okene Zonal Hospital in Kogi State, Nigeria. Image by T.R. Goldman. Nigeria, 2017.

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Nurse Sallu Bose, the maternity ward matron at the Okene Zonal Hospital in Kogi State, Nigeria, has worked at the hospital 25 years. Image by T.R. Goldman. Nigeria, 2017.

Nurse Sallu Bose, the maternity ward matron at the Okene Zonal Hospital in Kogi State, Nigeria, has worked at the hospital 25 years. Image by T.R. Goldman. Nigeria, 2017.

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Nigeria's official Health Facility Daily Labour & Delivery Registry.  The current registry does not include a column for chlorhexidine use. Health care advocates are hoping that there will be a chlorhexidine column when the registry is next revised. Image by T.R. Goldman. Nigeria, 2017.

Nigeria's official Health Facility Daily Labour & Delivery Registry.  The current registry does not include a column for chlorhexidine use. Health care advocates are hoping that there will be a chlorhexidine column when the registry is next revised. Image by T.R. Goldman. Nigeria, 2017.

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The entrance to the Okene Zonal Hospital in Kogi State, Nigeria. The hospital opened in 1960, the same year Nigeria gained its independence. Image by T.R. Goldman. Nigeria, 2017.

The entrance to the Okene Zonal Hospital in Kogi State, Nigeria. The hospital opened in 1960, the same year Nigeria gained its independence. Image by T.R. Goldman. Nigeria, 2017.