Over 29 lakh C-sec surgeries were reported throughout the country in 2015-16, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
"As per Health Management Information System (HMIS), total number of C-section deliveries reported in 2015-16 was 29,52,533 while it was 27,32,775 in 2014-15," Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste said in a written reply.
Citing National Family Health Survey -4, the Minister said the incidence of C-section is higher in some states.
"There are multiple reasons for higher rates of C-section. Nowadays the family size is small, hence, every pregnancy is precious.
"Some common and important indications for C-section includes foetal distress, prolonged labour, oblique presentation of the foetus, a woman who is pregnant for the first time and previous C-section and C-section on demand by some patients," he said.
The Minister added that due to good antenatal care, more high risk pregnancies are identified which also leads to high C-section.
He said the percentage of deliveries conducted C-section in the country is 17.2 per cent as per NFHS IV 2015-16.
As NFHS does not conduct survey every year, separate details during the last three years are not available.
"The percentage for rural and urban C-Section in the country is available in NFHS IV. The percentage for caesarean section in the country is higher in urban areas than rural areas with 28.3 per cent and 12.9 per cent respectively as per the latest NFHS-IV," he said.
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