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Sierra Leone News: Doctors save motorbike riders life

Doctor and nurses at the private hospital, Mali and Sierra Leone Friendship Hospital, in Kenema are battling to save the life of a 25-year old motorbike rider, Mathew Ibrahim Kamanda, who was stabbed by two armed robbers. The robbers attempted to make off with Kamanda’s motorcycle. According to the victim, two young men hired his services to their home in Shell-mingo in Kenema. He said at a dark curve he was stabbed in the back while riding. He stopped his motorbike and the robbers tried to steal the motorbike. Kamanda said he shouted and was rescued by local residents. The attempted robbers ran away when confronted by residents. Kamanda was taken to the Government Hospital with the blade of the knife still buried in his shoulder. The following morning, after several tests, he was referred to Freetown. He alleges he was asked for Le1,500,000 for the ambulance ride to Freetown from Kenema. His relatives could not raise the money but Kamanda was transferred to a private hospital where they removed the knife blade. He is said to be responding to treatment and will soon make a full recovery. At the Government Hospital in Kenema there are two types of ambulances; the NEMS ambulance, stationed at the chiefdom level, to convey patients to the referral hospital, and another ambulance stationed at the referral hospital that shuttles patients across the nation. Apparently, the ambulance service charges patients according to travel distance. The ambulances charge Le7,500 per mile and patients must pay for return trips, driver’s per diem and other costs on top of the mileage fees.

SM/8/5/19

By Saffa B. Moriba in Kenema

Thursday April 09, 2019.

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