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Sri Lanka has once again emerged as the most successful country in South Asia in healthcare delivery, recording low indicators in Maternal Mortality and a high rate of  Life Expectancy , ‘The State of World Population 2010’ (Report) issued by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said today.

According to the Report all other countries in South Asia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives lag much behind Sri Lanka in respect of these important health and social indicators.

The Infant Mortality Rate per thousand births in India in 2010 was 52, Pakistan 61, Bhutan 41, Nepal 38 and Maldives 20 while Sri Lanka had only15 deaths which was highly satisfactory.

The Maternal Mortality rate per 100,000 births stood at a high 830 in Nepal while in India it was 450, Bangladesh 570, Pakistan 320, Maldives 120 with Sri Lanka only 58 mother deaths.

The life expectancy in India respectively for male and female was 62 / 66 years, Bangladesh 68 years for both, Pakistan 66 / 67, Nepal 66 / 68, Maldives 70 / 74 and Sri Lanka was 71 and 74 years.

The country with most dismal indicators in the world, Afghanistan records 152 infant deaths per 1,000 births and 1,800 maternal deaths per 100,000. The life expectancy in Afghanistan is only 44 for both sexes.

Some of the best countries to live in, Sweden, Australia and Switzerland, the Infant Mortality rate, Maternal Morality rate and Life Expectancy stood respective at 3, 3 and 79 / 83, 4, 4 and 79 / 84 and 4, 5, and 79 / 84.

Mrs. Lene K. Christiansen, UNFPA country director Sri Lanka, addressing the gathering at the ceremony held to mark the release of the Report said the Report makes the case for replacing the vicious cycle of crisis and underdevelopment with virtuous cycle of peace and stability.

“It is time to tear down the false barriers between crisis, recovery and development. Investing in the development soften the impact of crisis and natural disaster and whatever is invested during humanitarian response can become a solid foundation for development and rebuilding a society,” Mrs. Cristiansen stressed. Mr. Reza Hassaini and Mrs. Sunila Abesekara also addressed the ceremony. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • Nivethan Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:44 AM

    Yes

    NAIDE Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:58 AM

    STATISTICALLY VERY IMPRESSIVE. WHETHER ORDINARY PEOPLE RECEIVE THE HEALTHCARE AS STATED IS ANOTHER MATTER. ANYWAY, THESE FIGURES ARE MOSTLY DUE TO PEOPLES' OWN CONTRIBUTION.

    malkanthi Wednesday, 15 December 2010 04:08 AM

    We appreciate the continued free health care available and the qualified doctors practicing in government sector hospitals, compared to other countries.

    tbk Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:20 AM

    health status etc. have covert only 18 district of Sri Lanka. The 7 distrcits in the north and east yet be conduct the survey

    Hulaswatte Tuesday, 14 December 2010 03:21 PM

    excellnt good work

    Chandra Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:12 AM

    Good to hear that we have achieved milestone by health sector although some times blamed. Hats off guys

    Samson Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:16 AM

    Do you have proofs? What are the parameters you are using ? Or is this a silly politician like remark?

    wasantha Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:20 AM

    I dought these figures are correct.India is much better health facilities

    TMA Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:22 AM

    Now U can imagine how rest of Siuth Asia is like

    afz Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:50 AM

    general public should atleast respect doctors now.without there hard work it would have been impossible

    selvyn Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:51 AM

    It's a blessing to be born in Sri Lanka for we are a healthy country in every aspect except for the deteriorating political disturbance under the present government.

    Ryan Wednesday, 15 December 2010 06:04 AM

    This news indicates how irresponsible, ignorant and misleading the statements made by opposition with regard to the current government's conduct.

    Sabri Wednesday, 15 December 2010 06:09 AM

    Will this credit also go to MR?

    karu Wednesday, 15 December 2010 06:07 AM

    Thanks for the state free health service. Otherwise this is not achievable.

    Ranjith Tuesday, 14 December 2010 07:49 PM

    Credit should go to all previous governments for continous improvements.

    Well Wisher Tuesday, 14 December 2010 07:55 PM

    Very Good. Excellent achievement for the fact that the resources were limited. The target for the end of 2012 should be to top in whole of Asia, with all the money spent on free education in training doctors, nurses and other related staff and the money spent on free healthcare, now that the war has ended.

    saraprobe Tuesday, 14 December 2010 09:08 PM

    good work should be commended, JVP will find something to criticise in coming days!

    We pepole Wednesday, 15 December 2010 08:27 AM

    JVP will be dissapointed

    Dhanushka Wednesday, 15 December 2010 02:55 AM

    jayawewa...>Keep it up

    nISH Wednesday, 15 December 2010 02:59 AM

    Thaks for medical proffesionals in SL


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