Ebola is still affecting the many lives of people overseas. However, there’s a silver lining. A new clinic in Sierra Leone is giving pregnant women with the disease a bigger chance of surviving with immediate and catered treatment. This is great news!
The new clinic, backed by the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, and Medecins Sans Frontiers, is located in the capital of Freetown. The new facility is pregnant carriers specific and will detect any signs of Ebola with early testing. Sierra Leone currently has the highest numbers of patients in Western Africa as of December 2014.
8, 235 people have passed away since last year and the survival rate for pregnant women is “at virtually zero.” The country’s first case with the disease was with a pregnant woman last May 24, and sadly she had miscarried and died, while her caretakers had also been infected.
Sierra Leona’s clinic, will be safe haven for these women, as they are often ostracized in their villages despite a country’s overall detrimental state. There have been cases of pregnant women, particularly in America, actually turned away from hospitals for fear of spreading the Ebola virus. Now, they are giving more than a second chance to survive and deliver a healthy baby.