Maternal deaths in the Northern Province during the pregnancy period or due to post-partum complications have dramatically reduced since the end of the conflict.
This was revealed at the National Maternal Death reviews conduct for the year 2013 recently in Jaffna and Vavuniya. These references were made by Dr. Kapila Jayaratne, National Programme Manager on Maternal and Child Mortality Surveillance of the Family Health Bureau.
Dr, Jayaratne said only five maternal deaths were reported in the year 2013. Maternal mortality ratio in the Jaffna District declined to 21 in 2013 from a ratio of 84 in the year 2012.
Only two deaths were reported from the District in the year 2013. In 2012, Mullaitivu District ranked number one in the country in maternal mortality with a ratio of 110. But no maternal deaths occurred in the same district in 2013.
Dr. Jayaratne pointed out that in both 2013 and 2013 there was only one maternal death each year reported from the district of Mannar. No maternal deaths took place in the districts of Killinochchi and Vavuniya in 2012 and one death each was reported in 2013. He added that all the Districts thus showed a remarkable reduction in maternal mortality.