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Ebola outbreak impacts maternal mortality in Sierra Leone

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 By Regina Pratt

The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in May this year has had a negative impact on the nation’s maternal mortality, according to the Coordinator of Adolescent, Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit of the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), Philip Lust-Bianchi.

He told Concord Times in an exclusive interview that the outbreak could reverse the gains and efforts made by government and its partners in the area of maternal mortality and the Free Healthcare.

“Health workers are overstretched. They are working all day long with the fear of contracting the deadly virus. We should also bear in mind that Ebola is here and has impacted on our programmes,” he said.

Bianchi noted that pregnant women and adolescent girls are not attending health facilities because of the distrust they have for health personnel, while public health facilities have also been affected by the Ebola scourge.

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