World Bulletin / News Desk
The Health Ministry has taken initiatives to reduce the number of Caesarean sections in the nation, hoping to cut the rates from over 45 percent of all births to 35 percent by the year 2013, Cihan news agency reported.
The ministry recently published data which showed that one out of every two women had a Caesarean delivery.
Stressing the fact that C-sections are operations, Health Minister Recep Akdağ urged women to exercise due caution. "When presented with the option of having a Caesarean, mothers-to-be should question the reasoning behind this," he said.
Data from the Health Ministry's General Directorate of Mother-Child Health and Family Planning (AÇSAP) show that Caesarean births constituted 14 percent of all births in Turkey in 1998, 36 percent in 2007 and 45.4 in 2010.
Ministry data show that while Caesarean birth rates are 41 percent in state hospitals, they have escalated to 64 percent in private hospitals and 65 percent in university facilities.
First-time births with Caesarean deliveries constituted 25.4 percent in 2010 and the rate of repeated C-sections was recorded at 19.8 percent.Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Şubat 2011, 17:51