‘Caesarean deliveries rising due to changes in lifestyle’

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NAGPUR: The number of caesarean deliveries has gone up manifold in the last two decades with majority of patients as well society blameing the doctors.

However, the doctors directly relate it to the changes in people’s lifestyle over the years. They said late marriages, delayed pregnancies, infertility and lifestyle diseases like obesity, blood pressure and diabetes have become the norm. Also, women are so weak that they can’t sustain normal deliveries.

Obstetricians and gynaecologists came out strongly in their defence at the pre-installation press meet organized by Nagpur Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (NOGS) for the new body for 2019-20 to be installed on Sunday. Dr Priyanka Kamble will be installed as the president and Dr Kshama Kedar will be the new secretary. Dr Rajasi Sengupta will be the treasurer.
As per NOGS data, the rate of caesarean deliveries is about 28-30% in private hospitals and 15-20% in government hospitals. Dr Kamble said that career has become the biggest priority for everyone.

“Hence, late marriages result in pregnancies generally between the age of 30-35 years or even later which brings in a lot of complications. Women suffer from pregnancy-induced anaemia, gestational diabetes. 80% of women come with just 10gm haemoglobin. Due to their sedentary lifestyle, majority women are so weak physically that they refuse to undergo labour pain,” she said.
NOGS has taken ‘Caution, Care and Cure’ as the theme for this year. Dr Kedar said Nagpur district had only mortality rate of 115 per one lakh live birth compared to the national rate of 130. She said this year, NOGS will concentrate on educating and equipping rural doctors with better skills to manage complicated anti natal-care patients requiring high level obstetric care so that maternal mortality can be reduced further.

Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists Society of India (FOGSI), the apex body of all city associations, is emphasizing that every hospital should have a high dependency unit or obstetric ICU so that women with any type of pre-delivery complications can be treated easily.

Dr Laxmi Shrikhande, vice chairperson of Indian College of Obstericians and Gyanecologist and FOGSI member, said FOGSI has set up national standards of infrastructure and care for every hospital. Accordingly, each hospital is accredited under a scheme called Manyatta.

Dr Alpesh Gandhi, FOGSI’s national president, will be the chief guest and Madhuri Patel, deputy secretary general of FOGSI, and Dr Shrikhande will be guests of honour.


Author: Ayaan