(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Looking at the increasing number of high-risk pregnancies in Salalah, the Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah is holding a two-day conference on the issue.
The conference began on Saturday.
''As many as 6,000 deliveries take place in Salalah a year and 40 per cent of these are high-risk pregnancies,'' Dr Veena Paliwal, senior consultant and head of the department of gynaecology at Sultan Qaboos Hospital Salalah said.
A woman who has undergone a Caesarean section may face high risks in her next pregnancy, she said. ''Cases of Caesarean sections have increased from 14 per cent in 2003 to 20 per cent now.'' Factors behind high-risk pregnancies can be broadly divided into two categories: maternal and foetal.
Maternal factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, history of abortion or miscarriage and operations performed during high infectious disease. Foetal factors mainly comprise of twins, small baby or a lowered placenta where increased bleeding can occur claiming the mother's life.
Dr Veena said, ''Another main causes for high-risk pregnancies is obesity. We can also blame the more number of Caesarean-section births in Salalah on multi-parity, where families want to have more than five children. The potential risk to a woman's health increases. The conference is discussing cases and complications.''
She said that experts would like to see more community awareness.
''High-risk pregnancies can be avoided if the patient cooperates with the doctor. The earlier it is diagnosed, the safer it will be for the mother-to-be.''
The main speaker at the conference is Professor Arulkumar, the main speaker for the conference. A retired professor of obstetrics from St George Hospital Medical School, University of London, he is currently the president of the British Medical Association. He has been the president of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Federation of International Gynaecologists and Obstetricians.
Around 200 delegates from Oman and abroad are attending the conferen