Lanka has lowest maternal mortality in S. Asia


Sri Lanka has become the best country on maternal mortality rate among the South Asian countries. A comprehensive report on Emergency, Obstetrics and Neo-natal care was handed over to Minister Maithripala Sirisena by the Emergency, Obstetrics and Neo-natal Care units. Minister Sirisena receives the report, while Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka and Director General Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala look on.

By Don Asoka


Sri Lanka had the lowest maternity mortality rate in South Asia, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said last week.

Quoting a maternity mortality report compiled by emergency, obstetrics and Neo-natal units at its hand over to him at the Colombo Hilton, he pointed out that the comprehensive study revealed that Sri Lanka’s maternal mortality rate had gone down due to the healthcare facilities and family planning guidelines provided to the people free of charge.

Minister Sirisena said that around 350,000 new births were being reported per annum in Sri Lanka. The infant mortality rate for 1000 births was only 09. The maternal mortality rate for 100,000 births was only 37. In 2012 around 355,900 new births had taken place in Sri Lanka. According to the study, Sri Lanka was the only country which had a lower maternal mortality rate in South Asia.

The government had provided physical and human resources adequately to hospitals equally to reduce maternal mortality rates and special medical and nursing staff had been well –trained to attend to the infants and mothers’ healthcare needs. The government would leave no stone unturned to invest funds on the healthcare needs of the people. Because the loss of a life could not be measured in terms of money, he added.

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