African C-Sections '50 Times More Deadly'

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

The number of mothers who die after a Caesarean-section in Africa is as much as 50 times higher than in developed countries, according to a study in the medical journal The Lancet.

Their sample indicated that one in 200 women dies during or soon after a C-section.

The study, published Thursday in the journal Lancet Global Health, found that the maternal mortality rate in African countrieswas "substantially higher than expected": 5.43 deaths per 1,000 operations, compared with 0.1 deaths per 1,000 operations in the United Kingdom, the authors said.

The neonatal mortality rate after C-sections in Africa is also double the global average.

And almost 20 per cent of the women experienced complications during surgery, a figure nearly three times higher than for mothers in the United States.

Cesarean section (C-section) is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through incisions in the abdomen and uterus.

Mr Bruce Biccard, professor at the University of Cape Town, actually things there should be more across Africa.

"But it is vital that this improvement occurs in parallel with programmes aimed at improving patient safety during caesarean delivery, " Biccard added.

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