One third of maternal deaths in SL due to bleeding

Lanka too marks World Blood Donors’ Day

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Government Information Department (GID) yesterday said that 120 to 150 mothers died each year due to complications during child birth in Sri Lanka.

The Information Division of the GID quoting the Deputy Director of the Family Health Bureau (FHB), Dr. Chitramali de Silva said that one third of those deaths were due to excessive bleeding.

It said that there should be a safe blood supply to minimise this situation. Approximately 280,000 maternal deaths occurred in the world annually due to complications at child birth. Ninety nine percent of them were reported from developing countries.

Providing a list of events that were scheduled to be held in view of the World Blood Donors day on June 14, the Information Division said that this year’s theme for the day was ‘Safe blood for saving mothers.’

Scientific sessions would be held on two days by a group of experts commencing Monday (09) at the National Blood Transfusion Centre. A blood Donation Camp has also been organised on Poson Poya day (Wednesday, 12) for 2000 donors. A seminar, too, has been organised in collaboration with the WHO on Thursday (13). 

The GID Information Division said that approximately 350,000 units of blood were collected annually from voluntary blood donors in Sri Lanka. Each packet of blood was tested for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, malaria and syphilis, it added.

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