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Inside the medical observation ward, Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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Inside the medical observation ward, Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Sierra Leonean Junior Doctor, Marina Kamara and British Consultant Physician in Actue Medicine, Terry Gibson discuss a suspected kidney infection in one of their patients.

 

Doctors like Terry are helping their Sierra Leonean counterparts to gain skills and experience, as the Ebola crisis has hit health workers hard and medics are in short supply.

 

Dr Gibson - who previously worked for the NHS in London - said:

 

"The biggest contribution I've been able to make here is to train the junior doctors and students. As we go along, we teach.

 

"These are the medics who will, in the future, run this hospital."

 

"Things have changed since I've been here. I've seen my colleagues' standards of practice improve greatly."

 

"There's a grave shortage of doctors here - not least due to Ebola and the colleagues that died."

 

To help beat future outbreaks - and build a better health service - UK aid is helping to build a new Ebola isolation unit at the hospital, redevelop its Accident and Emergency department and support the British medics sharing their skills and expertise with local staff.

 

Picture: Simon Davis/DFID

 

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Taken on November 4, 2015