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Med J Malaysia. 2008 Dec;63(5):434-5.

Rising caesarean section rates in public hospitals in Malaysia 2006.

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Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, 50586 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


The caesarean section rate in Malaysian public hospitals has increased to 15.7% from 10.5% in the year 2000. There are inter-state variations in the rate ranging from a high of 25.4% in Melaka to 10.9% in Sabah. The West Coast states generally had a higher caesarean section rate than the East Coast states as well as East Malaysia. It would be prudent for Malaysia to implement stringent caesarean audits to ensure that rising caesarean section rates are kept in check.

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