‘We only have 210 physicians in the country’ – fighting Covid-19 in Sierra Leone | BBC Africa Eye

Sierra Leone was one of the hardest-hit countries when the Ebola epidemic struck West Africa in 2014. Now it is battling the coronavirus. The first case was confirmed on the 31 of March and since then the numbers have been climbing steadily. Tyson Conteh is a filmmaker in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. He covered the Ebola outbreak for #BBCAfricaEye in the documentary Standing Among The Living and now he is making a series of video diaries for BBC Africa Eye showing how his city is dealing with the coronavirus.

In the fifth episode, we look at how Sierra Leone is again using contact tracers to fight the virus. They were essential to overcoming the Ebola epidemic which hit the country in 2014. Despite this experience, there have been delays in using the same system to tackle Covid-19.

Directed by Tyson Conteh and Video by Chernor Mustapha Thoronka (Justice), The Future View Media Centre in Makeni.
Produced and edited by Jerry Rothwell and Sam Liebmann, Metfilm Production.
Music produced by Purple Field Productions PFP @purplefieldonline

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