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Private Hospitals with CGHS will have to display C-Section figures

Private Hospitals with CGHS will have to display C-Section figures

New Delhi: Concerned over a drastic rise in caesarean deliveries, the government may make it mandatory for private hospitals empanelled under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) to make public the number of such surgeries they conduct.

A senior CGHS official told PTI that under a new process to be completed in a month, hospitals seeking to be empanelled by CGHS, which is under the ministry of health and family welfare, may have to publicly display the number of such deliveries.

A new agreement between the government and hospitals will also have a provision for punitive measures — including being dropped from the empanelled list — if the hospitals do not fall into line.

“Under the existing memorandum, we have asked all hospitals to voluntarily put out this information. However, when we launch the new empanelment process, it will be made mandatory,” the senior CGHS official said.

He said with this move, the government wanted to raise awareness about caesarean deliveries and help would-be parents decide on their choice of hospital for a delivery.

A c-section, or cesarean section, is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mothers abdomen and uterus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) prescribes that such deliveries should be ideally 10-15 per cent of the total number of deliveries in a country. However, 74.8 per cent of private sector deliveries are by c-section in urban Telangana, 58 per cent in Tamil Nadu, and 41 per cent in Kerala, according to a report by the Chennai-based ICMR School of Public Health.

The move to include such a clause comes two months after Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi raised the issue in a letter to the health and family welfare ministry.

In April, she sent another mail to the ministry, asking them to make it a mandatory provision for hospitals under CHGS.

The agreement for CGHS empanelment has to be renewed every two years by hospitals. Currently there are 1000 private hospitals and diagnostic centres which are empanelled under the CGHS across the country.

“The number of such surgeries has gone through the roof and in many states it is as high as 70 per cent. Why undergo such surgery unnecessarily when there a perfectly natural way to deliver babies,” Gandhi said.

In February this year, a petition was started in, an Internet advocacy platform, which appealed to both the ministries for more transparency in data regarding c-sections.

“Even though serious complications were not detected, I was cut open to deliver my baby. I wanted to have a natural birth but had to undergo a c-section as it was presented to be more ?scientific, modern and risk-free?. I was misled, manipulated, confused and my choice was overridden,” the petitioner wrote, drawing Gandhis attention.

Studies show that c-sections have a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and can lead to obesity and diabetes in children.

Source: PTI
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    Lalmohan nayak May 14, 2017, 3:59 pm

    conducting a normal delivery by an obstetrician requires patience ,which seems lacking.Patient party also go on enquiring -doctor saheb sab think hey to…kisiko kuchh nahi hona chahiye…..that is their right. Bechara doctor what to do!

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    Dr Kishore Atnurkar May 14, 2017, 2:59 pm

    Rising incidence of CSection is not only in few states of India, it is a concern all over the world. In some reputed scientific journal the problem is labelled as Global Epidemic of CSection.
    We need to go to the root cause of the problem, analyse and find solutions.
    Displaying the figures and punishing such doctors is not the rational approach.

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    Dr.Anit Jaiswal May 14, 2017, 10:02 am

    Most of the caesarean sections are now days done by non gynecological Persons, CGHS has to ban these practise