A maternity section is being completed at The Methodist Boys High School in Sierra Leone, to care for pregnant women who have Ebola or are suspected of carrying the virus. To date, there is not much information about expectant mothers and their babies surviving the illness, but MSF is working to ensure these women receive specialised treatment.
The field co-ordinator managing the clinic, Luis Encinas, said to BBC: “Our focus is to protect the health staff and then to save the mother, and – if it’s possible – to save the child. Even if the pregnant woman is cured, the delivery moment is such a high contamination moment, we need to take care – during the delivery – of the health staff as well.”
The facility will be the sixth MSF centre in the country and will have 80 beds.