Sixteen infants born daily with birth defects - Physician | Daily News


Sixteen infants born daily with birth defects - Physician

Sixteen infants with various birth defects are born in Sri Lanka daily and two babies die in Sri Lanka due to the same a day, Consultant Community Physician Dr. Kapila Jayaratne said.

Addressing a press conference held at the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) in Colombo yesterday he said that second highest number of infant deaths were due to birth defects. Around 25 percent of still births are caused due to birth defects. In 2018 around 700 babies died due to birth defects.

Dr. Jayaratne said the most common birth defect among infants is heart diseases or conditions and two million children live in Sri Lanka with birth defects.

Dr. Anula Wijesundara pointed out that around 400 delegates including 125 specialists from 36 countries attended the ninth International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in Developing World (ICBD 2020) held in Colombo recently and the SLMA was praised for the hard work done very successfully during the event. This is significant because Sri Lanka very successfully held the event in the middle of COVID-19 threat in the world.

Prof. Vajira Dissanayake said that SLMA is the oldest such organization in Asia and will celebrate the 132nd anniversary this year. It brings together a large number of consultants from different specialties or treatment areas. Many birth defects can be prevented by timely and proper interventions, he said.

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