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C-section births surge in private hospitals, drop in public ones: NFHS

In 2015-16, 40.9% of deliveries in private hospitals were through C-section against 27.7% in 2005-06

Veena Mani & Sahil Makkar  |  New Delhi 

Private hospitals in the country are increasingly adopting C-section, or caesarean section, to deliver babies, while government hospitals have witnessed a decline in the surgical birth rate, official data suggest. In 2015-16, 40.9 per cent of the deliveries in private hospitals were done through C-section, a sharp increase from 27.7 per cent in 2005-06, according to the recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS). In public hospitals, however, caesarean  births dropped from 15.2 in 2005-06 to 11.9 per cent in 2015-16. Overall, institutional deliveries ...

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First Published: Fri, March 10 2017. 01:14 IST
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