Reducing Telangana’s C-Sections

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Reducing Telangana's C-Sections

Telangana’s C-Sections Rates: Urgent Steps Needed to Reduce Unnecessary Surgeries

Telangana is leading the country in the number of C-section deliveries, according to the National Family Health Survey-5 (2019-20). In cities, 65% of pregnancies, and in rural areas, 59% of pregnancies result in C-sections.

In Hyderabad, it’s crucial for the Health Department to take action to maintain important health measures like Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), and C-section rates.

We need to build on existing efforts to control these rates and focus on reducing unnecessary C-sections, which have become a common practice among families. This requires continuous effort and long-term planning.

The previous government started various initiatives to tackle this issue. Recently, there has been progress in encouraging pregnant women to use government hospitals for delivery and promoting the importance of safe natural births.

In October 2021, 61.41% of deliveries in both private and government hospitals were C-sections. However, by October 2022, this decreased to 54.49%, showing a 7% drop.

Efforts have also been made to provide additional support, such as midwives and educational programs for pregnant women. These include teaching simple exercises and counseling sessions to raise awareness about the benefits of natural delivery.

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