Sierra Leone Physician in Committed mission against COVID-19

Dr. Mamadu Baldeh, one of only four physicians managing the COVID-19 unit and the only one doing so while still overseeing the infectious diseases unit, is photographed outside the Connaught Hospital where he works in the capital Freetown, Sierra Leone Friday, May 8, 2020. Despite the loss of colleagues, Baldeh is fighting not only to save his coronavirus patients but also to provide quality care for those afflicted with other infectious diseases as he and other health care workers fight for a better system. (Vicki Remoe/VRC Marketing via AP)

DAKAR, Senegal — Dr. Mamadu Baldeh can not overlook the 18-year-old who came to his hospital COVID-19, gasping for air before the day that he died. This anguish was too true for Baldeh, who fights asthma as that young man failed.

At the moment, Baldeh, 32, was the sole doctor treating COVID-19 patients in Sierra Leone’s principal general hospital.

“This moved me considerably and left me quite worried at the moment,” the doctor remembered of this young man, among dozens that have died from the virus in Connaught Hospital, from the capital, Freetown. “And I could not figure out why or how I regained my composure.”

The individual was young, restless, and was not reacting well to some of those tried treatments, Baldeh said, recounting how hard it had been to see him fight.

This was May. Until the extra doctors arrived, he had been sleeping in the hospital almost every night rather than returning to his residence where he remains with his sister and nephew, Baldeh stated in his serene, matter-of-fact method.

But provides remains a battle. Occasionally patients need to discuss oxygen tanks, and frequently patients can not get or even manage drugs they want.

COVID-19 is an extra burden on Sierra Leone’s delicate wellbeing system, which is still recovering in an 11-year civil war that ended in 2002 and also an Ebola epidemic that killed almost 4,000 individuals between 2014 and 2016.

Baldeh is the medical officer responsible for the hospital’s infectious diseases unit at a hospital that serves the maximum number of TB patients in the nation. He has to disinfect himself a few times each day moving between the wards to avert the potential of death COVID-19 to people one of the most exposed.

Many more, such as him, trained abroad and are currently opting to come back to help encourage the wellbeing maintenance system.

He also makes appearances on talk shows to provide guidance about COVID-19 and continues to be campaigning with coworkers for better requirements for health care workers and patients.

In July physicians went on strike to require danger cover functioning from the COVID-19 unit. Protective equipment also was in short supply.

Before the coronavirus, physicians in Sierra Leone frequently go on strike for better pay and supplies that are essential. COVID-19 has once more drawn attention to the urgent demands for only four years following the devastating Ebola outbreak.

“COVID-19 is… simply pointing out the majority of the flaws,” from the machine, ” he explained.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Baldeh and his colleagues attempted to incorporate patients’ vital data to prevent spreading the disease by touching potentially contaminated paperwork. They write the info onto a sheet of paper and set it in a place known as the hatch, where food has been distributed. Physicians and nurses subsequently take photographs of their information with their telephones, ” he explained.

Despite all precautions, many colleagues in Freetown have contracted COVID-19 and four have expired, catastrophic morale. Two died before evaluation results confirmed they had the illness. Lots of the healthcare workers who have died did not automatically get it from functioning from the COVID-19 unit, Baldeh explained.

“These undermine the destiny of several individuals,” he explained.

Regardless of the challenges, Baldeh stated being a physician has ever been his passion.

“My mantra is and always was support to others and admiration for getting to where I am now,” he explained. “I serve because I think I owe this to everyone I might have come in contact with.”

COVID-19 continues to be Baldeh’s best professional evaluation, and he thinks he’s passed.

“I don’t think I am scared anymore,” he explained. “Occasionally you become accustomed to the circumstance, although it is not a fantastic thing.”