Health Desk- Oct 18, 2019: Every year, 31 per cent of babies, or more than 570,000, are delivered in Bangladesh through unnecessary Caesarean sections, speakers at a roundtable said Thursday.
Prothom Alo, in association with Save the Children, organised the roundtable titled 'Promoting Normal Delivery and Preventing Unnecessary Caesarean Section' at Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban in the capital.
Save the Children’s deputy country director, Ishtiaq Mannan, in his presentation said, unnecessary C-sections are conducted due to factors such as non-evidence-based indications, professional incompetence, maternal preference and profit making mind-set. The C-section surgeries cost patients 483 million dollars per year, he added.
Apart from economic factors, unnecessary C-sections put mothers and babies at various health related risks.
He said 84 per cent deliveries in private hospitals are carried out through C-sections.
DGHS additional director general AHM Enayet Hussain urged senior obstetricians to mentor juniors so that they can conduct more vaginal deliveries.
“Also, there is a common misconception among the people that C-section delivery is safer than normal delivery. Social awareness should be created to dispel such a wrong conception,” Enayet Hussain added.
Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council president, Mohammod Shahidullah, said skin to skin contact between new born and mother, breast feeding and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) get hampered due to C-section birth.
"We have to find out where normal deliveries are being conducted more and learn from our success stories," he added.
UNFPA’s health system specialist, Dewan Md Emdadul Hoque, said that good environment and labour room's privacy are important for increasing normal deliveries.