SL records first COVID-19 maternal death
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Sri Lanka recorded its first COVID-19 maternal death, when a 45-year-old woman died at Teaching Hospital Ragama of COVID-19 pneumonia, Director of the Hospital, Dr. S.L. Ranaweera said.
Dr. Ranaweera, when contacted yesterday (6), said the patient had been transferred to the Teaching Hospital earlier this week from the Minuwangoda Hospital, but had succumbed to the illness a few hours after being admitted.
Director of the Family Health Bureau (FHB), Dr. Chitramalee de Silva, said although the Bureau had not been informed of the particular maternal death at the time, hospital authorities were tasked with informing the Ministry, while a complete review was carried out into maternal deaths.
Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 deaths increased to 25 by Wednesday (5) night, the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said. However, the centre noted that the numbers released were those who had died within a span of three days – 3 May 2021 to 5 May 2021.