Fidelity bank banner Camano banner
Caesarian sections 50 times more deadly in Africa: Study

By News Express on 15/03/2019

Views: 210


The death rate among women undergoing a C-section to deliver a baby is about 50 times higher in Africa than in most wealthy nations, researchers said Friday.

One in 200 women dies during or soon after a cesarean in a sampling of nearly 3,700 births across 22 African countries, they reported in The Lancet Global Health.

By comparison, maternal mortality is about one woman per 10,000 operations in Britain. Death rates related to C-sections are roughly the same across most developed countries.

Urgent need to improve safety 

“The findings highlight the urgent need for improved safety for the procedure,” said researchers led by Bruce Biccard, a professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Preventable C-section deaths mostly stemmed from a ruptured uterus, in mothers who had pre-existing placental complications, bleeding before birth or during surgery, and problems related to anesthesia.

“Improvement of C-section surgical outcomes could substantially improve both maternal and neonatal mortality,” Biccard said.

He also called for a better assessment of the risk related to bleeding, and less restrictive use of drugs to treat post-partum hemorrhaging.

In many African nations, there is a chronically short supply of blood for transfusions.

Blood products with a greater shelf life and better use of anesthesia by non-doctors — through mobile and online training, for example — could also help boost survival rates, the researchers said.

Surgical study

The findings are part of the Africa Surgical Outcomes Study, which tracks all patients who received surgery at 183 hospitals across the 22 countries for seven days.

C-sections accounted for a third of all surgeries in the period covered, the study found.

Making C-sections more easily available could also avoid potentially lethal complications, the authors noted.

Of the cases examined, 75 percent were classified as “emergency surgery,” with mothers arriving at the operating room with high-risk conditions.

“Paradoxically, while many countries are aiming to reduce cesarean delivery rates, increasing the rate remains a priority in Africa,” Biccard said.

C-section double worldwide

Worldwide, the number of C-sections has nearly doubled over the last 20 years, reaching unprecedented proportions in some countries, recent research has highlighted.

In Brazil, Egypt and Turkey, for example, more than half of all births are done via C-section.

But in close to a quarter of nations surveyed, many in Africa, use of the procedure is significantly lower than average.

It is estimated that the operation is medically necessary 10-15 percent of the time.

In 2015, doctors performed 29.7 million C-sections worldwide, 21 percent of all births.

This was up from 16 million in 2000, or 12 percent of all births. (AFP)

Moroccan doctors carry a Syrian baby, who was born by caesarean section in a field hospital in Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, March 7, 2016.

Source News Express

Posted 15/03/2019 7:31:29 PM

 


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Suicide bomber injures 8 in Potiskum

Dickson mourns Commassie •He left positive footprints, says...

Group recommends Dr. Fatima Abdulrahman as INEC REC...

Dog diverts plane

APC targets 250,000 Membership in Abia, serves Ikpeazu...

Lardner faults Jonathan, says stealing a form of...

ABU students campaign against fake news on social...

Mugabe’s Exit: What impacts on Africa?

Salary Deductions: Bauchi Assembly summons Head of Service,...

FG approves $470 million for Abuja water project...

BREAKING NEWS: US court okays trial of Buratai,...

Army gives officers, soldiers deadline to learn Yoruba,...

 

Latest News Election Tribunal: The hurdles before Atiku — Lawyers North-East, North-Central battle for senate presidency Lagos Govt defends racist Chinese restaurant Fireworks in Fayose’s trial as judge, EFCC’s lawyer clash Ex-football star arrested for drug trafficking NDLEA uncovers another drug factory in Enugu INEC setting dangerous, evil precedence with inconclusive polls — Dogara NDDC steps up partnership with EU on sustainable water projects Imo workers reject Okorocha’s electronic payment Three dead as robbers, police clash in Lagos Court orders arrest of Bayelsa politician, two others over abduction of DCP Okunola 2019 elections, a rape of democracy, says Labour

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (460,759 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (410,326 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (346,266 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (297,163 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (261,477 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (236,424 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (222,527 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (204,237 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (192,571 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (177,126 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (176,867 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (175,726 views)

 

NLNG call for entries

CBN banner

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (81) Business & Economy (4,093) Business Verdict (60) Columnists (1,007) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (596) Features (725) Global Business Monitor (327) ICT Monitor (27) International (3,200) Interview (174) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (153) Maggie's Blog (189) News (44,075) Opinion (1,204) Pidgin (17) Politics (10,287) Religion (960) Sports (1,925) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera