The Health Ministry says that there are issues with regard to statistics said to have been presented by the WHO to the effect that suicides in this country had increased.
Health Services Director General Dr. Paalitha Maheepaala said that the WHO office in this country would be queried about this.
The Director General said so while participating at a meeting held in Colombo yesterday for briefing about suicides.
The first ever report released by the World Health Organisation on suicides has ranked Sri Lanka as having the fourth highest suicide rates in the world.
According to the report that was released, the suicide rate in Sri Lanka lies at 28.8 for every 100 thousand people against the global average of 11 per 100 thousand persons.
Sri Lanka has been ranked fourth out of a total of 172 countries.
However speaking at the briefing held yesterday Sir John Kotalawela Defence Faculty Senior Lecturer Neel Fernando said that although the number of deaths due to suicide had decreased, the number of attempts to commit suicide had increased.