• 70,000 Liberian births unrecorded in Ebola crisis: UNICEF

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    MONROVIA: More than 70,000 Liberian babies were born without being registered as the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaged the impoverished West African nation, leaving them without healthcare and vulnerable to trafficking, UNICEF said Friday. With maternity wards across the country forced to close last year as health workers were infected, birth registrations plummeted by almost 40 percent compared to 2013, the UN children’s fund said, citing government estimates. Just 700 births were reported in the first five months of this year, UNICEF said, as local and international health authorities battled alongside aid workers to bring the outbreak under control. The Liberian government estimate of 70,000 unregistered babies was extrapolated from the projected number of births against actual registrations.

    AFP

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