Following the laying to rest of the late Dr. Wouter Nolet a Dutch national on Wednesday 27th November 2019, residents of Massanga community have joined the bereaved family of the doctor who lost his life to Lassa fever. Massanga residents processed the streets of the town with placards and photos of Dr. Wouter in solidarity with the Wouter family back home in the Netherlands, his home country. Some of the placards described the deceased doctor as a hero in his bid to save lives, which cost him his own life. Dr. Wouter died after contracting the Lassa fever virus while performing surgery to save the life of a pregnant woman, who health practitioners described as a probable case of Lassa fever.
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“We cannot forget you and your memories will forever be with us,” Town Chief Thaimu Conteh recounted the good works of the Dutch doctor who he described as selfless to save humanity. He added that the late man was committed to duty and also encouraged both local and his counterpart colleagues to do the same. Chief Conteh noted that Dr. Wouter was new at Massanga hospital but was not new in Massanga community as he previously worked at the Lion Heart Medical Center in Yele, where he established himself as a household name among community people. The 31-year old, health professional was Capcare Coordinator in Sierra Leone until his demise. He was also a specialist in Global Health and Tropical medicine.
By Ade Campbell
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