Unnecessary C-sections done in Bangladesh, says Save the Children director Ishtiaq Mannan

“This is a life-saving procedure. So too many caesarian deliveries are as dangerous as too few,” Dr Ishtiaq Mannan, director of the Save the Children’s health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS wing, said at an orientation programme for journalists on Sunday.

Citing the 2014 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS), he said 23 percent of facility deliveries in 2014 were caesarian, which was well above the recommended range.

According to international recommendations, caesarian sections are medically indicated in only 10 percent to 15 percent of deliveries.

The criticism of the rising trend is not new in Bangladesh. But gynecologists and obstetricians have consistently denied any unnecessary use of the procedure.

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