14 maternal deaths reported in 3rd COVID wave
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Sri Lanka witnessed 14 maternal deaths, due to COVID-19, in the third wave of the pandemic, the Director of the Family Health Bureau, Dr. Chitramalee de Silva said.
She said that the deaths had been due to comorbidity, women with a body mass index of over 30 and were obese or over the age of 35 years.
From the beginning of the first COVID-19 wave to date there had been total 2,404 pregnant women infected with the virus.
Meanwhile, anyone travelling abroad and requiring a certificate of their vaccination should take all related documentation, including those sponsoring their travel, to the nearest Medical Officer of Health (MOH), Deputy Director General Disaster Management and Emergency Response, Dr. Hemantha Herath said.
Addressing the Media in Colombo on Friday (30) Dr. Herath said those requiring a vaccine certificate, should go to the nearest MOH with their passport, NIC, documents to support the purpose of their travel and vaccination card issued when obtaining the COVID-19 jab.
Fielding questions Dr. Herath noted that the NIC was required for tracing the individual in the database. Also only those who require urgent certification such as leaving for foreign employment, study purposes and medication should request for a certificate.
He noted that approximately 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines are scheduled to have arrived in the country by Saturday (31) according to information received from the COVAX facility.