The rise in the number of C-sections is a concern to doctors. They say that while a caesarean birth can be an essential and life-saving surgery, it can put women and babies at unnecessary risk of short-and long-term health problems if performed when there is no medical need.
According to the report released by the health ministry, 72 percent births at Nakasero Hospital and 51% at Nsambya are by C-section. The health ministry says there is need to investigate the high C-section rates in private hospitals which is about 4 times above the 10 - 15% that WHO considers acceptable
Sarah Opendi, the State Health Minister, attributes the increasing number of C-sections to a change in the mindset of expectant mothers. “Many girls today are scared to have natural deliveries. They think that they will enlarge them. So, they go for C-section not knowing the risks associated with it,” Opendi said.