There are around 310,000 pregnant mothers in Sri Lanka and around 1000 of them had contract COVID-19 & recovered in the past 06 months, revealed Dr. Sanath Lanerolle, Consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Castle Street Hospital on Thursday (06th of May).
“80% of these women who contract the virus do not show any symptom within the first 28 weeks of the pregnancy. The virus is detected only when a PCR test is carried out,” he told reporters.
Based on the evidence available at present there is zero possibility of these pregnant mothers having opted for an abortion within the first 28 weeks of the pregnancy, he said adding that there are very less complications with the delivered baby as well.
However, he warned that if necessary precautions are not taken there situation may turn different after the first 28 weeks of the pregnancy.
“The pregnant mother could go into a pneumonia situation if she contracts the virus and the situation gets worse. Therefore, seek immediate medical attention and constantly be in touch with medical officers,” he advised pregnant mothers.
Dr. Sanath Lanerolle appealed to pregnant mothers to ensure they wear a face mask at all times while maintaining social distance with others.
At the same time, Dr. Achintha Dissanayake the Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology advised pregnant mothers to opt for the use of double masks.