In order to keep a check on the unusual increase in C-Section surgeries, the Health Ministry has directed all private hospitals to prominently display data of deliveries through Caesarean along with normal deliveries in the hospital. According to a statement by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, the instruction is applicable to all the private hospitals empanelled under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).
The step has been taken after Gandhi expressed concern to Union Health Minister J.P. dda about the unusual increase in C-Section surgeries reported from different states in recent years. Gandhi had pointed out that while the recommendation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that deliveries through C-Section should normally be in the range of 10-15 per cent of the total deliveries, the percentage is 54 and 34, respectively, in states like Telanga and Tamil du. (IANS)