Restrictions cause maternal mortality

[TamilNet, Sunday, 10 January 1999, 14:14 GMT]
Hospital sources in Batticaloa said today that the district had the highest mortality rate among pregnant women in the island. The island average is 1000:6 but in the Batticaloa district fourteen women out of every thousand who are pregnant die, mainly due to the difficulties in finding medical attention on time.

Twelve pregnant women have died upon admission to the hospital mainly due this problem.

Acute malnutrition in some of the hinterland villages due to poverty and SLA restrictions on food and medicine have also contributed to the high mortality rate, said a medical officer.

The actual mortality rate could be much higher because many cases in the hinterland, that is not in the SLA's (Sri Lankan Army) control, go unrecorded they pointed out.

A number of Maternity centres in the larger part of the district have been closed due to restrictions by the SLA on travel and medicine.

Meanwhile, the sources said that during 1998, the number of surgeries performed at the hospital had also gone up due to the war situation.

The annual average,during peaceful times, used to be around 5000 (upper limit) but in 1998 there were 7538 cases, they said.

The bodies of sixty two persons who died in shooting incidents, involving the SLA in most cases, were brought to the Batticaloa hospital during the year.

However, the actual death toll due to shooting could be much higher because a large number of the bodies of persons killed in SLA fire were also taken for inquest at the hospitals at Aaraiampathy and Kaluwaanchikkudy in the southern part of the district and at the Eravur and Valaichenai hospital which are north of Batticaloa.

 

Latest 15 Reports
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
20.06.20 23:53   Photo
Tamil man killed, Sinhala Army opens fire at motorbike rider at Mukamaalai in North
19.06.20 23:30  
Dr Amir Ali: SL Archaeology aims to obliterate Tamil traces, shrink territory of Muslims in East
18.06.20 21:02  
Colombo steps up surveillance harassment on organisations operating in East
17.06.20 22:12  
SL military cordons off Jaffna islet with war-time like harassment, families fear reprisals
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2651