On the occasion of International Women's Day:
Ambassador Moushira Khattab, President of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) , warned that the high rates of cesarean delivery in Egypt raises the alarm of a phenomenon that has become alarmingly common. Khattab said that there is concern about the medical responsibility towards the health and well-being of the recipients of the medical service, as well as a state of concern about what appears to be the transformation of a great and dignified profession into areas that may appear gray.
Ambassador Khattab explained that the high rates of resorting to caesarean section have increased, and it is a decision that may be taken by the doctor, or by the woman who is about to give birth, but in both cases there is a great responsibility on the doctor, to educate the woman about the consequences and negative effects on her health and the health of her newborn. She added that important rights are threatened by this development. As it constitutes a violation of the right to obtain information, the right to obtain the highest possible level of advice and medical service, and empties women's right to the freedom to make decisions based on correct information related to and affecting their health. It also constitutes a violation of the right for the best interest to be the nominal criterion in any decision or procedure related to the child. The right of the child to enjoy the highest possible level of physical and psychological health, and his right to development and survival by obtaining the highest possible level of service and health care.
The President of NCHR indicated that such operations represent violence against women and negligence on the part of the doctor in giving the best interest to the mother and child.
Khattab praised the attention given by Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population, to this phenomenon and the speed of action through several directives, which would work to reduce the unjustified increase in the rates of caesarean section deliveries, in return for increasing the demand for natural deliveries, in the framework of preserving the health of the mother and fetus. and improving the general health of citizens.
This came during the participation of Ambassador Mushira Khattab, NCHR President, in the celebration of the Association of Fellows and Members of the British Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Egypt, entitled "Contemporary Health Challenges", coinciding with International Women's Day, which falls on the eighth of March, in the presence of Dr. Wafa Benjamin, member of NCHR and Ms. Nihad Abu Al-Qumsan is a member of NCHR, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, representatives of the World Health Organization, representatives of the United Nations for Women, the United Nations Population Fund, and UNICEF, members of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists working in Egypt, in addition to representatives of civil society and the media.