The World Health Organisation will conduct a survey in various relief camps in Sri Lanka's North to check the health conditions of displaced Tamils, even as it described reports of the number of deaths due to diarrhea as "exaggerated".
Firdosi Rustom Mehta, new Representative for the WHO in Sri Lanka, said the situation pertaining to the maternal and childcare conditions in the IDP camps are being monitored by the organisation. He said a survey will be undertaken after three months to evaluate the situation.
Presenting his credentials to Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on Friday, Mehta said "the death rate speculated by some section of media due to the diarrhea disorder in relief villages and camps housing the IDPs were exaggerated.
He pointed out that the actual figures of those affected due to the disease were well within the accepted standards and informed that the WHO had also issued a clarification in this connection.
The top WHO official said he had visited the IDP camps over five times during the past three months and that during each visit, had found the situation to be "rapidly improving".
Commending the government of Sri Lanka in this connection, Mehta said that the government should be given "full credit" for the efforts taken, a Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry statement said.