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Tsunami affects 15,000 pregnant women in Lanka

Over 15,000 pregnant women in Sri Lanka have been affected by the tsunami disaster and are in need of special care and attention. HT Relief Fund
PTI | By Indo-Asian News Service, Colombo
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2005 04:44 PM IST

Over 15,000 pregnant women in Sri Lanka have been affected by the tsunami disaster and are in need of special care and attention, reports Xinhua.

Lubna Baqi, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Sri Lanka, said they were working with the health ministry and other organisations to meet emergency reproductive health needs.

"Maternity hospitals and wards in the affected areas have also been damaged by the disaster. Therefore these women require special attention," Baqi said.

"The UNFPA has already allocated $1.5 million for this purpose and will provide $7.5 million more," Baqi added.

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