Maternal health status:
Sri Lanka top in S-E Asia
Sri Lanka recorded the best maternal health status in South East Asia
by recording the lowest percentage of maternal mortality rate in the
region which is only 33.5 deaths per 100,000 live births, a Health
Ministry spokesman said.
According to the spokesman, the percentage of mothers who receive
antenatal care in Sri Lanka is 100 percent. Around 98.3 percent births
in the country take place with the assistance of well trained doctors,
nurses and midwives. The percentage of births in hospitals is 96. Out of
this, 94 percent of births take place in State hospitals and only two
percent of births take place in private hospitals.
The percentage of mothers who receive post-natal care and domiciliary
care has gone up to 75 percent. These percentages are the highest in the
South East Asian region. Sri Lanka reached this top position due to the
high quality free health service. The Government always give priority to
the free health service. Sri Lanka's infant mortality rate as only 10
per every 1,000 live births which is very low, he said.