Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone is a major regional centre which already had expertise in handling Lassa fever, another haemorrhagic fever. However it was overwhelmed by Ebola and lost 37 of its own medical workers to the deadly virus. Just five doctors are now left at the hospital to treat a population of more than 500,000.
A Water-Aid - VSO study found a 30 percent increase in maternal deaths and a 24 percent increase in newborn deaths in Sierra Leone between May 2014 and April 2015 in part because women were afraid to go to hospital and attempting to deliver babies without skilled care in unhygienic conditions at home. Some 87 percent of homes in Sierra Leone do not have toilets and 37 percent do not have access to clean water."
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