Increased cases of C-Section Deliveries

  • According to the latest data from the National Family Health Survey 2014-15 (NFHS-4), C-section surgeries have doubled over the last decade across India
  • The NFHS-4 data revealed that Telangana has the highest number of C-section deliveries in the country, with 74.9% babies born this way in private hospitals
  • Over 40% of the deliveries in Bihar were C-sections, while 58 % of the deliveries in Maharashtra were through C-section procedures
  • As per World Health Organization guidelines, 10-15% of deliveries being C-sections is considered appropriate

Recent steps by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry

  • The Ministry has written to Health Ministry asking that it be made mandatory for private hospitals enrolled with the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) to display the data of C-section and normal deliveries
  • The Ministry has further demanded that the Health Ministry direct State governments to conduct periodic audits of private hospitals to ensure unnecessary procedures are not being conducted

To combat the alarming rise in caesarean section operations in India, Union Government is considering an audit of private hospitals. They will be asked to display the data of normal and C-section deliveries prominently

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