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Sri Lanka has lowest infant mortality rate in S.Asia - Rajitha

Health Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne hands over a certificate to a doctor while Dr.Kapila Jayaratne and Dr.U.A.T.Ratnasiri look on.

Sri Lanka maintains the lowest infant and maternal mortality rate in South Asia, Health Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne said.

According to Minister Senaratne, the current infant and maternal mortality rate of Sri Lanka is close to that of developed countries.

“The Health Ministry has made arrangements to offer research facilities and advice on various diseases,” the Minister said.

He was addressing an event organised by the Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka in Colombo recently.

Minister Senaratne pointed out that the service rendered by the Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka since 2001 is admirable and society had done a lot to ensure the safety of pregnant, lactating mothers and infants etc.

“The family and society should pay special attention towards the mother before and after delivery because she is under a lot of pressure with changes taking place in her body and lifestyle,” the Minister added.