Caesarean surgeries worry Telangana

Caesarean surgeries worry Telangana
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In a shocking revelation relating to Caesarean surgeries, Telangana, Tripura and West Bengal recorded over 70 percent of such the surgeries surpassing even some of the western countries.

Hyderabad: In a shocking revelation relating to Caesarean surgeries, Telangana, Tripura and West Bengal recorded over 70 percent of such the surgeries surpassing even some of the western countries.

Of the total cases in Telangana, Karminagar district topped with 63 percent C-section rate followed by Nalgonda 60 percent and Medak by 40 percent.

The rate of C-sections, which refer to Caesarean surgeries, in the UK was 26.2% in 2015 while in the US it was 32.4% in 2014. In fact in the US, the C-section has seen a downward trend as compared to 2009

The rate of C-sections, which refer to Caesarean surgeries, in the UK was 26.2% in 2015 while in the US it was 32.4% in 2014. In fact in the US, the C-section has seen a downward trend as compared to 2009.

Concerned over the monumental increase in the number of women undergoing Caesarean surgeries, UNICEF in partnership with the Centre for Economic and Social Sciences (CESS) and Government of Telangana organised a national consultation on “Rising Rates of Caesarean: A cause for Concern”.

This exercise is meant to raise awareness on the alarming rise in the number of Caesarean sections and possible solutions to devise a roadmap to bring down the rate of such surgeries to the minimum.

The two-day interaction on the issue, which began here on Wednesday, felt that while C-section can be a life saving procedure, its use in cases where it is not medically required can lead to increased risks.

According to the study by the UNICEF, the state government and the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) taken up in early this year, the rate of C-section is 40.6 percent in the government sector whereas in the private sector it is 75 percent.

Compartively, Andhra Pradesh is much better where a total of 40 per cent of C-section was recorded. In public sector, it stood at 25.5 per cent and in private sector 57 percent.

The national consultation attributed to the rise in the C-section rate to craze for auspicious dates delivery or young women wanting to avoid labour pain. Union Ministry of Health, Deputy Commissioner, Maternal, Dr Dinesh Baswal, said the central government was closely monitoring the situation.

While ensuring that all women should have access to quality obstetric services, Baswal said, “we need to expand our vision to include the rapidly escalating rates of caesarean.”

UNICEF, health specialist office of AP, Telangana and Karnataka, Dr Sanjeev Upadhyaya, said “C-sections can cause significant and sometimes permanent complications, disability or death and should ideally only be undertaken when medically necessary. Our focus needs to be on improving quality of care.”

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