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International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

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Impact of Mothers Level of Education on Caeserean Deliveries in Ghana

Sulemana Abdul-Salam, Dr. Abdul-Rahaman Haadi, Alhassan Mubarika

Abstract: The role of education in the development of a nation is widely emphasised by many countries especially Ghana. Women are now four times more likely to have caesarean birth than 30 years ago. Caesarean section (CS) is a life saving procedure in cases of obstructed labour, maternal distress and fetal distress. Many countries have high rates of caeserean sections which exceeded the World Health Organization (WHO) reccomended 5 % —15 %, thus putting a lot of burden on the health expenditures of government. The study utilized the Ghana Demographic Health Survey (GDHS) -2013 data set.The logistic model was used in the analysis of the data due to the outcome variables which are bi- nary.Interestingly, mother’s level of education is also positively associated with caeserean delivery. Also, it was observed that highly educated mothers prefer caeserean delivery with odds ratio of about 1.24 times. The study recommend that government policies on education should ensure compulsory attainment of higher level of education among the citizenry, more especially the girl child. Furthermore, sensitization of the economic cost and burden of unneccesary (non-clinical) caeserean deliveries should be intensified.

Keywords: caeserean section, Logistics, delivery, education