Province is­sues guide­line on C-sec­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Health author­i­ties in An­hui province have is­sued China’s first pro­vin­cial guide­line for ce­sarean sec­tions, aimed at low­er­ing the high level of such pro­ce­dures in the province.

The guide­line list 14 types of med­i­cal re­quire­ments for a C-sec­tion, such as fe­tal dis­tress (for lack of oxy­gen, for ex­am­ple) or ab­nor­mal­ity of the birth canal. Ce­sarean sec­tions are nec­es­sary in emer­gency cases, but ex­ces­sive use of un­nec­es­sary surg­eries, such as for giv­ing birth on a lucky day, poses se­ri­ous health risks to moth­ers and ba­bies, ac­cord­ing to the An­hui health au­thor­ity.

The guide­line is ex­pected to re­duce the rate of C-sec­tions in the province, which was about 40 per­cent last year, to 30 per­cent in the next three to five years, the pro­vin­cial fam­ily plan­ning bureau said.

Forty-six per­cent of women in China de­liver by C-sec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion. It rec­om­mends a rate of no higher than 15 per­cent.

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