Doctors working at public hospitals throughout Sierra Leone launched an indefinite strike on Tuesday, November 4, to protest low wages and poor working conditions. According to Sierra Leone’s Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) the doctors lack proper tools to provide sufficient medical care. Nurses also threatened to join the strike on Friday, December 7, if the government does not resolve the issues. According to media reports, some wards were empty at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, the largest hospital in the country. Longer-than-normal waiting times are possible in all medical facilities; non-emergency cases may be turned away and scheduled appointments may be canceled. Related demonstrations are possible in the coming days, particularly in Freetown.
Individuals present in Sierra Leone, particularly in Freetown, are advised to confirm doctor's appointments, to anticipate longer waiting times in medical facilities for the duration of the strike, and to avoid any potential protests.
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