Sierra Leone Loses First Doctor to COVID-19

Dr. Samuel B. Seisay, a Specialist Surgeon attached to the Department of Surgery, Connaught Hospital in Freetown died on Saturday 16 May 2020 of Coronavirus infection.

He is the first medical doctor to die of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone.

A press release from the Junior Doctors Association of Sierra Leone (JUDASIL) stated: “We note with grief and shock the passing of our senior colleague and teacher. Dr. Samuel B. Seisay who succumbed to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the early hours of 16 May 2020.

We convey thoughts of comfort and condolences to the grieving family. With a heavy heart, we pray for the eternal repose of one who was a man of distinguished humanity.”

JUDASIL revealed that “COVID 19 poses a threat to the well-being of the entire population, which is all the more reason we should all come together to fight this disease.”

The young doctors called on government and other stakeholders to innovate some means to contain the spread of this virus.

Dr. Samuel B. Seisay was working as Surgical Specialist in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, attached to the Department of Surgery at Connaught Hospital.

Dr. Seisay has been in service as a medic for the government of Sierra Leone for over 18 years. Prior to joining the Connaught Hospital, he was Medical Superintendent at Kenema Government Hospital. It could be recalled that two weeks ago, Sierra Leone lost its first health worker to COVID-19, VandiSombie who was one of the country’s longest-serving Community Health Officer (CHO) attached to the Bo Children Hospital.

These deaths are clearly a wake-up call for all health workers to be cautious and to stay safe while they follow all the preventive measures, remembering the fact that Sierra Leone lost over 30 health workers during the Ebola epidemic.

Health Ministry sources say Dr. Seisay has been one of the pillars in the fight for good health and safety to the people of Sierra Leone.

May his soul rest in peace as he died a hero and Sierra Leone will forever remember him and his service to the country.

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