10th Sierra Leonean doctor dies

Dr Aiah Solomon Konoyeima lost his life to the disease on Saturday, December 6, Sierra Leone’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Brima Kargbo, stated.

Sierra Leone has lost its 10th doctor to the current Ebola outbreak which is the worst ever recorded.

Dr Aiah Solomon Konoyeima lost his life to the disease on Saturday, December 6, Sierra Leone’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Brima Kargbo, stated.

This comes after 2 of the country’s doctors, Dr Dauda Koroma and Dr Thomas Rogers, also succumbed to Ebola on Friday.

Spokesperson for the Sierra Leonean health ministry, Jonathan Abass Kamara told AFP:

“We lost two doctors in one day. These were eminent professionals who were greatly involved in the fight against Ebola and their services will be greatly missed”

"We are devastated at this haemorrhaging of our healthcare workers," a senior health ministry official (who preferred to remain anonymous) told Reuters.

It is not yet clear how the doctors got infected with the disease as they were not involved in the direct treatment of Ebola patients.

The outbreak appears to be getting worse in Sierra Leone and President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday, described health workers who are battling the disease as the country’s “greatest patriots”.

Ebola has killed over 6,000 people this with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea accounting for the bulk of the casualties.

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