Miatta Fahnbulleh, Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal and Newborn Health at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
Pregnant Women, Babies Left Vulnerable By Ebola Fight
MONROVIA, September 26 (LINA) - The Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal and Newborn Health at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Miatta Fahnbulleh, has observed that the death rate among pregnant women and newborn babies has increased since the outbreak of the Ebola disease in the country.
Ambassador Fahnbulleh explained that since the Ebola epidemic, pregnant women have become more vulnerable as health workers in hospitals and clinics have declined to attend to them even when in delivery pain.
The Goodwill Ambassador made the observation Friday in an interview with the Liberia News Agency at a one-day seminar for local and international partners of the National Social Mobilization Sub-Committee in the fight against Ebola in Liberia held at a local hotel in Sinkor.
She noted that pregnant women were denied access to hospital and clinics when doctors and nurses were dying from the Ebola virus because they were not protected, while others had abandoned duty.
She stressed the need for hospitals and clinics to give priority to the health needs of pregnant women and newborn babies even during the battle against Ebola which has overwhelmed the entire health sector.
Ambassador Fahnbulleh pointed out that it is unfortunate that in rural areas more pregnant women cannot be attended to by midwives who do not have protective gears and other preventive materials, noting that this was posing serious challenges to their health.
She then urged pregnant women to register at nearby hospitals and clinics at the early stage of pregnancy to avoid any rejection from hospitals and clinics when they reach their ninth month of pregnancy.