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Wednesday, 23 March 2016 - 12:20
70 Preventable Maternal Deaths In 2015
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Sri Lanka has recorded 70 preventable maternal deaths during 2015.

A report reviewing maternal mortality in the country compiled by the Ministry of Health revealed an estimated 202 maternal deaths, while 112 maternal deaths have been confirmed.

According to reports 81 per cent of the women who succumbed to untimely deaths have received secondary education while 75 per cent of the women were from rural areas and estates.

The report reveals most of the women were from low income families. 70 out of 112 deaths were deemed preventable while 38 deaths have been reported at hospitals caused by a delay in treatment.

118 children have been rendered motherless as a result of maternal deaths during the past year.

The report added that the major contributors to such deaths were respiratory disease, heart disease, abortions, excessive bleeding, and amniotic fluid embolism.

The psychological issues faced by these women have become the main reason for committing suicides. Factors such as gender discrimination, gender based violence, poverty, hunger and malnutrition, over work, and also the psychological changes inside the woman are directly affecting to these mental issues.

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