Zero maternal mortality in Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi districtsMay 14, 2013, 10:26 pm
by Dilanthi Jayamanne
The Maternal mortality rates reported from two districts of the North, during the last two years, were nil. Spokesman for the Health Ministry Dharma Wanninayake yesterday said that maternal mortality rates reported from the districts of Mulaithivu and Kilinochchi had been zero owing to free maternal health care services provided in those areas.
Wanninayake said that it had been revealed, during a review meeting held at the National Blood Centre in Narahenpita on Monday (12), on the development of the free health service, that the two districts had been responsible for paying special attention to pregnant women till the time of confinement.
Gynaecologists and family health workers paid regular visits to pregnant women during which those with non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as those who suffered from low body weight, anaemia and malnutrition, were identified and provided with advice and pre-natal care.
Wanninayake said that the maternal mortality rate in the country was 31 per 100,000 births. However, the two districts were able to bring it down to zero while there were maternal mortalities reported from other districts of the country, he said.
Wanninayake said that the Health Minister had appealed to hospital directors to focus on controlling the diseases rather than on construction of hospital buildings. The five-year plan for the development of free healthcare services should focus on the development of primary health care services, he had said.
Over 80 per cent of the budgetary allocation provided to the government health sector was invested on patient care. Only 20 per cent was spent on disease control. He said that the health ministry had been given a budgetary allocation of Rs. 125 billion.
Approximately 55 million people were treated annually in government hospitals. Over 50 per cent of the country’s population was treated by the private health sector. The two sectors treat approximately 100 million, he added.
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