A Senior Nursing Officer at the Antenatal Unit, Doris Mantey has disclosed that a total of 150 pregnant out of the maximum 500 pregnant women undergo Caesarean section during labour at the Koforidua Regional Hospital monthly to deliver.
According to her, even though the trend is worrying, the C-Section has become necessary to save pregnant women from possible life threatening complications during labour.
‘In a month, the ward records 350 to 500 and out of this 120 to 150 undergo Caesarean Section,’ she explained.
Allaying fear, she indicated that the surgery is not fearful as perceived by many pregnant women, urging the media to help clear the erroneous impression.
She bemoaned that sometimes pregnant women are advised by their Pastors to resist the C-Section.
‘Most at times, the pregnant women resist to undergo Caesarean section because their Pastors have asked them not to allow surgery instead continue to pray,’ she expressed worry on this on Bryt Fm.
The Senior Nursing Officer attributed the cause of the increase Caesarean section to a number of health related issues enumerating ‘Preeclampsia, a condition that is denoted with high blood pressure in the expectant mum during pregnancy’.
She added that Fibroids in the mouth of the cervix can be an obstruction to normal delivery.
She emphasised that pregnant women with diabetics or have developed gestational diabetes bear large baby and in some cases the head of the foetus might get stuck in the birth canal during a vaginal birth leading to a c-section.
‘Women and in particular pregnant women should prioritize their health by living a healthy lifestyle,’ she said.