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Sierra Leone doctors urged to boycott coronavirus patients

A doctors’ organisation in Sierra Leone on Thursday called on medics to launch an indefinite strike in coronavirus patient care in protest at the non-payment of promised compensation and lack of resources.

The Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association, which has around 350 doctors, said the industrial action would be launched within 24 hours.

In a letter addressed to the government, association president Delwin Findlay also protested that authorities had bought around 30 4×4 vehicles for managers from money intended for the fight against the virus rather than drugs and equipment.

The body has proposed that doctors continue to provide care to non-COVID-19 patients during the strike.


The number of doctors likely to take part in the action however was not clear.

Sierra Leone, which is among the world’s poorest countries, has recorded nearly  1,500 coronavirus cases with 60 deaths.

The former British colony was hard hit by the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic in West Africa during which nearly 4,000 people died in the country.

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