Now husbands love their wives more
The new pre-natal care model programme launched by the Health
Ministry with the objective of changing attitudes of Sri Lankan married
men towards their pregnant wives has achieved a significant success.
The contribution of fathers towards taking care of pregnant mothers
has shown a positive change, Health Ministry spokesperson
The programme was launched recently at the Family Health Bureau (FHB)
in the presence of Health Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake, FHB
Director Dr. Deepthi Perera and others.
According to Wanninayake, the Health Ministry discovered that
pregnant mothers living in rural areas do not get the required care in
their home, especially from husbands and family. Often drunk husbands
beat the wives and overlook their emotional, psychological and
They rarely help them in their day to day activities. Sometimes, they
totally ignore their pregnant wives and have affairs with other women.
To overcome this situation, the new model programme is being implemented
in the Kandy and Ratnapura districts.
Under the new pre-natal care model programme, it is compulsory for
both pregnant women and their husbands to attend three programmes
conducted every three months during the pregnancy.
Organizers found later that couples are more caring about each other
and the husband taking good care of his pregnant wife after the
programmes, he said.