The alarming rise of Caesarean sections across the globe is an example of how a beneficial, sometimes a live-saving surgical option is adopted in unnecessary and wrong cases, clearly not for the advantage of the expectant mothers and their babies but very often for the personal gains of the medical practitioners. Use of caesarean delivery of babies has reportedly reached epidemic proportions in some countries and hence doctors have been warned of the trend.
A back page story of this daily reports that use of C-section has nearly doubled over a period of less than two decades. In 2015, doctors performed almost 30 million caesarean deliveries worldwide whereas the number was 16 million in the first year of the new millennium. Those were 21 and 12 per cent of all births respectively. But, whereas, it is estimated that this vital surgical procedure, adopted only when complications occur during birth, is necessary in 10-15 per cent of the cases. In certain countries, almost half of all births are performed through C-section. And in one country, the rate has touched the global record of about 60 per cent. These figures only show the meteoric rise in the arbitrary use of this surgical option.