Health units have advised women to delay their pregnancy by at least one year due to the rapid spread of the Delta coronavirus variant.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Consultant Gynaecologist Dr. Harsha Atapattu attached to the De Soysa Maternity Hospital said due to the spread of the Delta variant, lives of both the mother and the newborn will be at risk.
Dr. Atapattu noted that although they had previously announced that coronavirus infection will not endanger the expectant woman or the fetus, the situation has deteriorated following the emergence of the Delta variant.
He said now they consider if an expectant woman contracts COVID-19 it is a high-risk situation.
Gynaecologist Dr. Harsha Atapattu therefore advised to delay the pregnancy for at least one year through family planning.
He said one year is a considerable time period in medical science and therefore the situation will improve if families can wait for another year.
He said this is a request made to save lives and create a healthy environment.