August 14, 2020

Child malaria spikes in Sierra Leone as parents fear coronavirus

Kenema (Sierra Leone) (AFP) – Doctors in a rural Sierra Leone hospital may be accustomed to treating severely ill infants, but they recently admitted one of the worst cases they had ever seen.An 18-month-old with pallid skin and thinning hair arrived on the wards in the eastern town of Hangha in July suffering from an alarming combination of pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria.Even in a country with one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world, the toddler’s case was abnormally critical.”She couldn’t sit and stand, she was too weak,” said Adama Ansumana, holding her daughter on her lap …


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