Sri Lanka’s Maternal Death Review System hailed as best in South Asia

Sri Lanka’s Maternal Death Review System hailed as best in South Asia

Sri Lanka’s Maternal Death Review System hailed as best in South Asia

Written by News 1st

13 Oct, 2014 | 9:53 am

The International Reviews in British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, the world’s high level scientific journal on Obstetrics & Gynaecology, in a special issue describes Sri Lanka’s Maternal Death Review System to be the best organised and structured in the South East Asian region.

Consultant Community physician at the Family Health Bureau, Dr. Kapila Jayaratne stated that Sri Lanka’s Maternal Death Review System has won the attention of the international community.

Dr. Kapila Jayaratne stated:

“We have seen a sharp decline in the rate of maternal mortality in 2013 in caparison to previous years. This drastic decrease of the maternal mortality rate was seen specially in the north. Only five cases of maternal mortality were recorded for last year in the north. The cases of maternal mortality are less in the north in caparison to the average national maternal mortality rate. It is the same other districts, we are still in the process of gathering the statistics in other districts. In the year 2012, 34 cases of maternal mortality were recorded out of 100,000 infants born in the year. 2013 was different to that of the statistics recorded in the previous year,. We are hoping the numbers would be reduced to 29 maternal mortalities for 100,000 child births.”

Dr Kapila Jayarathne further noted that during the period Sri Lanka gained its independence, the maternal mortality rate recorded was 1,500 deaths per 100,000 live births.

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