Suman in HC seeking ban on unnecessary C-section
Published: 01:31 PM, 25 June 2019
Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman on Tueday filed a writ petition seeking ban on unnecessary caesarean section, commonly known as C-sections, for delivering babies.
The lawyer submitted the petition including reports, that published in various newspaper. Health Ministry, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) have been defendants to the writ.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik Al-Jalil will hold hearing on the petition.
Recently, international development organization Save the Children published a report on unnecessary Caesarean section for delivering babies in Bangladesh. According to the report, the number of medically unnecessary Caesarean section between 2016 and 2018 increased by 51 percent. Meanwhile, the C-section rate between 2004 and 2016 in Bangladesh increased from 4 percent to 31 percent.
The report said that unnecessary C-sections put mothers and babies at needless risk, increasing the likelihood of infection, excessive bleeding, organ damage and blood clots as well as ensuring a significantly longer recovery time for the mother. It also takes away the benefits of a natural birth, which enables newborns to receive a dose of good bacteria that’s believed to boost their immune system when they travel through the birth canal, and enables a mother and her baby to have physical contact earlier and breastfeeding to begin sooner.
In 2018, 77 percent of all C-section operations or an estimated 860,000 procedures were medically unnecessary. Bangladeshi parents paid $483 million in out-of-pocket expenses in the year for C-sections that were medically unnecessary. That’s an average cost of $612 per case. About 80 percent of all births in private hospitals in Bangladesh are now C-sections.
Save the Children is calling for better regulation of the industry, more checks and balances on doctors who carry out the procedure and greater funding for vital maternal health services.