Maternal death rates could soar in Ebola-hit countries
November 11 , 2014
Charities working in west Africa, according to media reports, say that one in seven women in Ebola-hit countries could die during pregnancy or childbirth as the health care facilities are stretched to the point of collapse.
Many clinics and hospitals in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia — the three countries at the ground zero of the epidemic — have become exclusive centers for treating Ebola. And because of the fear surrounding the disease, pregnant women are scared of visiting hospitals.
Charities warn that death rates among pregnant women are likely to shoot up unless steps are taken to tackle the crisis.
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