|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 180-184
Caesarean section and perinatal outcomes in a sub-urban tertiary hospital in North-West Nigeria
Emmanuel Ugwa, Adewale Ashimi, Mohammed Yusuf Abubakar
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State, Nigeria
|Date of Web Publication||9-Jul-2015|
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
Objectives: This study was undertaken to review the caesarean section rate and perinatal mortality in Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu from 1 st January 2010 to 31st December, 2012. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective study involving review of 580 case files. Ethical clearance was obtained. The records of labour ward, neonatal intensive care unit (ICU) and operating theatre were use. Information extracted includes age, parity, booking status, total deliveries, indications for caesarean section and perinatal outcome from 1 st January 2010 to 31 st December 2012 at Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu. The data obtained was analysed using SPSS version 17.0 statistical software (Chicago, Il, USA). Absolute numbers and simple percentages were used to describe categorical variables. Association between caesarean section and perinatal mortality was determined using Pearson's Coefficient of correlation and student t- test. P - value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Result: This study reported a caesarean section rate of 17.69 % and a perinatal mortality rate of 165.6 per 1000. Majority of the babies (78.2%) were within normal weight. The mean age of the women was 25.9 ± 6.2 years and mean parity was 4 ± 3. Majority of them were uneducated and unemployed. Obstructed labour was the commonest indication for emergency caesarean section accounting for 31.7% of caesarean sections and foetal distress was the least at 2.6 %. Two or more previous caesarean section was the commonest indication for elective caesarean section (17.1%) and bad obstetrics history the least indication (1.4%). There is a weak positive correlation (r = 0.35) between caesarean section rate and perinatal mortality and this association was not statistically significant (P = 0.12). Conclusion: Caesarean section and perinatal mortality rates in the present study are comparatively high. Absence of significant correlation means that a high caesarean section rate is not likely to improve perinatal outcomes in babies of normal weight; therefore the caesarean section rate in this centre should be reduced. Measures to reduce perinatal mortality such as skilled attendant in labour and training of medical staff in neonatal resuscitation should be adopted.
Keywords: Caesarean section, north-west Nigeria, perinatal outcomes
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Ugwa E, Ashimi A, Abubakar MY. Caesarean section and perinatal outcomes in a sub-urban tertiary hospital in North-West Nigeria. Niger Med J 2015;56:180-4
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Ugwa E, Ashimi A, Abubakar MY. Caesarean section and perinatal outcomes in a sub-urban tertiary hospital in North-West Nigeria. Niger Med J [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 Apr 11];56:180-4. Available from: https://www.nigeriamedj.com/text.asp?2015/56/3/180/160360
| Introduction|| |
Caesarean section is deemed necessary when an attempt at vaginal birth is dangerous to the mother, baby or both. It is the commonest major surgery in obstetrics and it has contributed to improved obstetric care throughout the world.  Like any other major abdominal surgery, caesarean section is not devoid of complications. These complications contribute to maternal morbidity and mortality in our environment.  Maternal mortality is 10-20 times greater than vaginal delivery. 
The perinatal mortality and morbidity associated with caesarean section is significantly related to the indication, characteristics of the patient, quality of antenatal care and experience of the surgeon. Reports from Pakistan and other low-resource settings indicate that substandard care, inadequate training, low staff competence and a lack of resources, including equipment and medication, are all factors that contribute to neonatal deaths. , A number of studies have shown that high caesarean section rates are not associated with better perinatal outcomes in vertex presentation with weight above 2.5 kg. ,,
The UN recommends a caesarean section rate of 5-15 % to optimally minimize maternal and neonatal mortality rates.  Great Britain and as in most developed nations have almost doubled the recommended UN caesarean section rate.  while a 10 % caesarean section rate was reported from Ethiopia.  In Nigeria, a caesarean section rate of 10.2-34.7 % has been reported in some Teaching Hospitals. ,,,,
Caesarean section is often done as an emergency procedure in women with cephalo pelvic disproportion, obstructed labour, foetal distress, antepartum haemorrhage and previous caesarean section resulting in high perinatal and maternal morbidities. ,,,,,,,, Elective caesarean section may be indicated in women with two or more previous caesarean sections, after successful repair of vesico-vaginal fistula, major degree placenta praevia, abnormal lie, foetal macrosomia, prolonged infertility and in women with bad obstetrics history.
There has not been study done to determine the caesarean section rate and perinatal mortality in Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu. This study was therefore undertaken to review the caesarean section rate and perinatal mortality in Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu from 1 st January 2010 to 31 st December, 2012.
| Materials and methods|| |
This was a retrospective study of caesarean sections performed from 1 st January 2010 to 31 stst December 2012 at the Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State. Birnin Kudu is a town and a local government headquarters in the south of Jigawa state of Nigeria. According to the 2006 population census, it had a population of 333, 757 inhabitants and they are predominantly Muslims and Hausa/Fulani by ethnicity. Their major occupation is farming. Birnin Kudu is about 130 km south east of Kano city, the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria. The Federal Medical Centre is a tertiary health facility. It serves the health care needs of the people in the community and also receives referrals from other hospitals in the state and neighbouring northern states like Kano and Bauchi. The hospital is a 250 bedded facility with 3 resident consultant Obstetrician and 6 Medical officers in Obstetrics and Gynaecology department while a resident Consultant paediatrician supervises the medical officers in the Special care Baby unit. All the Medical officers can provide emergency obstetric care. The records of labour ward, special care baby unit and operating theatre were used to identify the total number of deliveries, total number of caesarean sections performed and the perinatal mortality over the period in view. The case notes of patients who had caesarean section were retrieved from the records department and the following information were extracted: Age, parity, booking status, indications for caesarean section and perinatal outcome. Ethical approval was sought from the ethics and research committee of the institution. No postmortem was done for the mother or neonate that died during this period in consonance with the belief and tradition of the people. The data obtained was analysed using SPSS version 17.0 (Chicago Il, USA). Absolute numbers and simple percentages were used to describe categorical variables. Similarly, quantitative variables were described using measures of central tendency (mean, median) and measures of dispersion (range, standard deviation) as appropriate. Association between caesarean section and perinatal mortality was determined using Pearson's coefficient of correlation and students' t-test. P - value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.
| Result|| |
During the period from 1 st January 2010 to 31 st December 2012, there were a total of 3335 deliveries out of which 590 were by caesarean section giving a caesarean section rate of 17.69 %. Of the 590 caesarean deliveries, 580 case notes were retrieved giving a retrieval rate of 98.3 %.
A total of 96 out of 580 babies died within the first one week of caesarean delivery, giving a perinatal mortality rate of 165.6 per 1000.
The mean age and parity of the women were 25.9 ± 6.2 years and 4 ± 3 respectively. Majority of them were uneducated and unemployed [Table 1].
|Table 1: Distribution of socio-demographic characteristics of the study group (N = 580)|
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Most of the patients were primiparous women and unbooked [Table 2]. Obstructed labour was the most common indication for emergency caesarean section accounting for 31.7 % of caesarean sections. Obstructed labour was the commonest indication for emergency caesarean section accounting for 31.7 % of caesarean sections and foetal distress was the least at 2.6 %. Two or more previous caesarean section was the commonest indication for elective caesarean section (17.1 %) and bad obstetrics history (1.4 %) the least indication. [Table 3].
|Table 2: Distribution of obstetrics characteristics|
of the study group (N = 580)
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Caesarean section rate shows a falling trend [Figure 1].
|Figure 1: Trend of caesarean section during the period under review, 2010-2012|
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About 16.56 % of babies were delivered dead or died within the first week of birth. Most of the neonates (78.2 %) were of normal weight [Table 4]. There is a weak positive correlation (r = 0.35) between caesarean section rate and perinatal mortality and this association was not statistically significant (P = 0.12).
| Discussion|| |
Caesarean section rate of 17.69 % and perinatal mortality rate of 165.6 per 1000 were found in this study. The average age of the women was 25.9 ± 6.2 years and most were primiparous with mean parity of 4 ± 3.
The present study reports a caesarean section rate of 17.69 %. The caesarean section rate is similar to 17.9 % of a previous study done in Iceland, which reported a lower perinatal mortality of 1.7 per 1000.  As in the present study the authors did not find any significant correlation between caesarean section rate and perinatal mortality.  The present study also reported that most of the babies were within normal weight and as in previous study, caesarean section is not associated with a reduced perinatal mortality rate in babies above 2.5 kg.  The caesarean section rate in the present study was higher than 10.3 % in Enugu,  10.5 % (Makurdi),  11.4 % (Zaria),  15.8 % (Jos),  but lower than 20.3 % reported in Birnin-Kebbi.  These differences are possibly due to referral nature of our centre, high prevalence of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia and use of repeat caesarean section for patients with a previous caesarean section. Rates of 16.9 % and 18 % reported in studies done in southwest, Nigeria were similar to that of the present study. ,
Emergency caesarean section rate of 90.4 % reported in the present study is higher than those reported by Aisien,  Okonofua  and Nwobodo  but lower than 97.4 % reported by Buowari.  The implication is that perinatal mortality rate may continue to rise until caesarean section is done as elective rather than emergency procedure.
The most common indication for caesarean section was obstructed labour/cephalopelvic disproportion and this was consistent with studies from Kaduna,  Zaria,  Birnin Kebbi  and Ilorin.  In contrast, Ugwu et al., and other series reported that previous caesarean sections is the commonest indication for caesarean section followed by cephalopelvic disproportion. , The reports of the present study are also in contrast to the findings of Adinma,  Aisien,  and Okonofua.  Malnutrition and chronic infection impair pelvic bone development.  Haemoglobinopathies especially sickle cell anaemia is also common in sub-saharan Africa. The women in the setting of this study are also given to marriage at very tender age when their pelvis is barely developed for parturition. All these predispose our women to cephalo-pelvic disproportion/obstructed labour.
The perinatal mortality rate of 165.6 per 1000 found in this review is similar to 162 per 1000 reported by Onwuhafua  but higher than 95.7 per 1000 reported by Adinma,  81.6 per 1000 reported by Aisien  and 61.4 per 1000 reported by Okonofua.  Prolonged obstructed labour and preeclampsia/eclampsia are associated with severe foetal asphyxia and death if delivery is unduly delayed. , Sociocultural and economic factors interact to affect health seeking behaviour of our pregnant women, who patronize quacks for health care and only present to hospital at late hours with complications.  These may explain the high perinatal mortality rates.
Caesarean section rate in the present study is comparatively high and perinatal mortality rate is high compared to similar studies carried out in similar setting. Absence of significant correlation means that a high caesarean section rate is not likely to improve perinatal outcomes in babies of normal weight; therefore the caesarean section rate in this centre should be reduced. Other measures to reduce perinatal mortality such as availability of trained attendant at birth and training of medical staff on neonatal resuscitation should be adopted.
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