STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Panel to study ‘alarming’ rise in c-sections in private hospitals across India

The Union Health Ministry also informed the House that a technical resource group was set up in May last year to deliberate on various aspects of optimising C-section rates. 

Published: 03rd February 2021 02:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd February 2021 08:36 AM   |  A+A-

pregnancy, maternity leaves

Representational Image. (File Photo)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Alarmed at the excessive rise of Caesarean sections in private hospitals in many states, the Centre has constituted an expert group to examine the state-wise findings related to the surgical procedures, it informed the Parliament on Tuesday.

“An expert committee was constituted in December to examine the state-wise findings related to C-sections,” said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in response to an unstarred question by MP KC Ramamurthy.  

The ministry also informed the House that a technical resource group was set up in May last year to deliberate on various aspects of optimising C-section rates. 

Previous surveys had shown that the percentage of births by C-sections in private health facilities was 27.7 in NFHS 3 and 40.9 in NFHS-4.

As per the findings of the NFHS 5, the least share of births by C-section in private health facilities was recorded in Nagaland, about 23 per cent, which implies that C-sections were being overused by private health facilities across other states.

Ideally, C-sections should be performed only if there are complications from pregnancy which puts the health of the mother or child at risk.

There are concerns that many doctors push for it either due to monetary benefits or for the sake of their own convenience.

The survey noted that public health facilities recorded a relatively smaller percentage of births by C-section.

The highest share of C-sections in public health facilities was recorded in Telangana at 44.5 per cent. The lowest of 3.9 per cent was in Bihar.

However, public facilities too seemed to be overusing C-sections in 16 states and UTs and were below 10 per cent in only four states Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Bihar — where the share of institutional births was also on the lower side.  

The three north-eastern states had also witnessed a drop in C-section births compared to NFHS 4.  Ladakh, Sikkim, and Goa reported an increase of more than 10 per cent in C-section births at public health facilities compared to NFHS 4.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp