The number of mothers who die after a caesarean section in Africa is as much as 50 times higher than in developed countries, according to a medical journal study The Lancet.
Their test showed that one in 200 women dies during or shortly after a C section. By comparison, the maternal mortality rate is about one woman per year. 10,000 operations in the UK. Deaths related to C sections are largely the same in most developed countries.
And nearly 20% of African women experienced complications during surgery. That figure is almost three times higher than in the United States.
Some of the causes of preventive C-section deaths included a broken uterus in mothers who had existing placental complications, pre-labor bleeding or during surgery and anesthesia problems.
But the report's authors do not encourage smaller C sections. Bruce Biccard, professor at the University of Cape Town, actually things that should be more across Africa.
"Improved access to surgery can allow patients to present earlier and prevent complications and deaths, but it is important that this improvement be done in parallel with programs aimed at improving patient safety during caesarean section."
Sir. Biccard is quoted as said in The Telegraph newspaper.
Nearly 3,800 women were included in the study across 22 countries, making it the largest to track maternal complications in Africa.
First released 15.03.19: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-47521589