Taking a serious note of unusual increase in C-Section surgeries in hospitals across the country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has directed the private hospitals empanelled under CGHS to prominently display the data of deliveries through C-Section as compared to normal deliveries in the hospital.
The move comes after Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi pointed out to the Health Ministry that ignoring the World Health Organisation-recommended norms on C-Section, some states were reporting extremely high percentages of deliveries through C-Section .
Taking a note of the issue raised by Gandhi, Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda said the ministry will be taking a series of measures to control this trend.
Of the first of these measures, a report — ‘Deciphering the Determination and Impacts of Rising Rate of C-Sections and offering Potential Solutions’ — was distributed among all the state governments and UT administrations to facilitate them take steps to provide C-Sections only to those women who actually require it.
In addition, the states were directed to conduct periodical prescription audit of the health facilities specifically on this issue.
According to Gandhi, WHO suggests that deliveries through C-Section should normally be in the range of 10-15 per cent of the total deliveries. Tamil Nadu reported this to be 34 per cent and Telangana 54 per cent. In a letter written to the Health Ministry, she further added that it was worrisome that the percentage was even higher for the private nursing homes across the states.