Sirisena pledges support for child healthcare


Minister Maithripala Sirisena received the report on ‘Early Child Development Standards for Sri Lanka Infants and Toddlers,’ from Director of the Health Education Bureau, Dr. Deepthi Perera. Parlimentarian Sudharshani Fernandopulle, Additional Health Secretary Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva and Director General Health Services Dr. Palitha Mahipala look on.

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has pledged his fullest support for national child healthcare. Quoting Minister Sirisena. the Health Ministry spokesman said that a child developed into a good citizen when she/he was brought up with proper parental care, a good religious and cultural background.

Wanninayake said that the ‘Early Child Development Standards for Sri Lanka Infants and Toddlers,’ had been launched yesterday morning. The Report focused on methods that need to be adopted for developing children below the age of five years.

The report was prepared by Consultant Community Physician, Family Health Bureau, Dr. Niel Thalagala in collaboration with the WHO, World Food Programme and UNICEF.

The report highlighted the necessity for parents and child heath care givers to be aware of early childhood development skills and the ability to identify drawbacks in infants and toddlers. He said that the annual Sri Lanka Birth rate was approximately 375,000. There were 20 deaths reported for 1,000 live births. However, the number of children with development problems within this age group was above 1,550,000, he said quoting the report.


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