On average, over a 1000 births are given at ADK Hospital. Over the years the demand for gynaecological services has grown. In the Maldives, ADK Hospital is where one of the largest numbers of births takes place every year. Hence, the hospital has found it increasingly challenging to meet up with the required demand. With the recent redevelopment of the Hospital, emphasis was given to this particular area and hence Obstetrics and Gynaecology has become the largest department of the Hospital.
Currently there are four full time gynaecologists working in the department and more are yet to join. On an average, the outpatient consultation per consultant in the Department stands at about 25. In addition the load of attending emergencies, deliveries and caesarean sections as well as other related surgeries pose a huge demand on the professionals.
From June to October 2011, a total of 575 deliveries were taken at ADK Hospital. Of these deliveries, 63% were vaginal deliveries and 37% caesarean sections. Among the vaginal deliveries, 88% were normal, 9% and 3% were vacuum and forceps deliveries respectively. Among the caesareans, 56% were emergency and 44% elective. The figure shows the number of deliveries per month by type for this period.