Oct 31, Colombo: The Family Health Bureau said in a statement that mothers who are pregnant or postpartum should immediately visit the nearest government hospital if they have any symptoms of illness and risk.
According to the Family Health Bureau, several incidents have been brought to its attention related to delay in seeking healthcare by pregnant women for danger signals, leading to deaths and severe morbid conditions.
Maternal danger signals are routinely communicated by Public Health Midwives to pregnant women, but seem to have drawn less attention and priority during the current COVID-19 epidemic, the Director of Family Health Bureau, Dr. Chithramalee de Silva said.
Mothers are advised to visit the nearest government hospital immediately if they have any dangerous symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, excessive vaginal bleeding or discharge, decreased fetal movement, dizziness or fainting, seizures, severe abdominal pain, edema, severe headache or any other risk factors.
Treatment should not be delayed for any reason, as it is an urgent matter and all government hospitals have been instructed to provide the necessary treatment to the sick mothers, the Bureau said.
Pregnancy record can be used as a curfew license.
In case of a problem, the patient can call the Family Health Officer in the area as well as area Health Officer. They can also use the Health Promotion Bureau’s 1999 hotline. In the event of an illness, the 1990 Suvaseriya Ambulance Service is also available, according to the Family Health Bureau.