World Bank warns of rising maternal deaths post-Ebola

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The World Bank warned on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that the loss of health care workers amid the Ebola epidemic in western Africa could increase women’s deaths from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. An additional 4,022 deaths of women could be seen each year across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries hardest hit by the recent Ebola outbreak, the World Bank said in a report that looks at the impact beyond the epidemic’s direct effects. “The loss of health workers to Ebola could increase maternal deaths up to rates last seen in these countries 15-20 years ago,” said Markus Goldstein, lead economist at the World Bank and co-author of the report, in a statement. According to the report, doctors, nurses and midwives disproportionality died in the epidemic, which has killed more than 11,200 people in the past 18 months, most of them in western Africa.

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