oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Caesarean section and anaesthetic mortality : letter to the editor

Volume 21, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Thank you Dr Abraham for your response to our research.

The latest data indicate that South Africa has failed to meet many of its Millennium Development Goals 2015 for child mortality and maternal health. Current data show that for every 1 000 live births there are 3.1 maternal deaths, 2 13 neonatal deaths, 28 infantile deaths and 40 deaths under the age of 5 years. 3 Of particular relevance to anaesthesia, the case fatality rate for caesarean section in South Africa is 18.9 deaths per 10 000 caesarean sections, and 14.8 deaths per 100 000 caesarean sections due to anaesthesia. Anaesthesia-related mortality contributes 2.4% of the maternal mortality rate.

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