Is Aversion to Caesarean Section Justified in Africa?

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Authors : Monisayo O. Komolafe, Johnson O. Komolafe, Ayobami M. Owolabi, Olayemi O. Ademakinwa


Caesarean section (CS) is still relatively not well accepted in Africa when compared to Western countries. Morbidity following CS especially inability to do things by oneself is a major deterrent to accepting CS. This study reviewed morbidity following CS & retrieve feedback on CS from clients.

A retrospective three year review of all CS done in an obstetric specialist unit was conducted. A cross sectional study was carried out using self-administered questionnaire to retrieve feedbacks from clients who have had CS done on them.

Caesarean section rate was 68.59%. Mean time to ambulation, taking of oral sips, commencement of breastfeeding was 24 hours while mean time to discharge was 71.7hours. 70% of the women had no regrets doing CS. About 50% would want some improvement in the process of CS especially the spinal anaesthesia. Morbidity following CS occurred in less than 20%.

Keywords: aversion, caesarean section, postoperative, morbidity


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