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Sri Lanka asks girls to delay being pregnant over COVID-19 dangers

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan girls have been urged to delay getting pregnant after greater than 40 expectant moms died of COVID-19 in 4 months, the well being ministry mentioned Thursday (Sep 9).

The island nation, which recorded its first maternal coronavirus loss of life in Might, is battling a spike in Delta variant infections after journey restrictions have been eased for native new 12 months celebrations in mid-April.

“Often, now we have 90 to 100 maternal deaths a 12 months, however because the begin of the third wave now we have recorded 41 deaths of pregnant girls from COVID-19 alone,” Chitramali de Silva, a director of the federal government’s Well being Promotion Bureau, advised AFP.

Authorities obstetrician and gynaecologist Harsha Atapattu mentioned he was urging “newlyweds, in addition to those that are attempting to have a child, to delay it by no less than a 12 months due to the dangers of COVID-19”.

De Silva mentioned about 5,500 expectant moms had been contaminated. About 70 % have been totally vaccinated, he added.

Specialists have urged pregnant girls to get the jab, with Sri Lankan well being officers stating the Delta variant seems to extend their threat of extreme signs.


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