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CMO angered by ‘unethical’ display of surgical photos

December  7, 2016

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Sierra Leone, Dr. Brima Kargbo, while commending  surgeons for performing a successful surgery on 11-year- old Mammy Sam, who had a rare medical condition of excessive enlargement of the breast, expressed his utter dismay and frustration over sharing photos of the operation on social media.

The CMO said he has already contacted the Medical Superintendent of the Holy Spirit Hospital to clarify the unprecedented behaviour in Sierra Leone’s medical practise.
Many observers say surgeons of the Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni have done a fantastic job, which is a great boost in the confidence of Sierra Leone’s medical services, but the photo incident has overshadowed the positive story.

However, the hospital’s superintendent, Dr. Patrick Turay, has said that an enquiry has been commenced and that whosoever is found wanting would face sanctions.

“It’s unethical and I don’t know who might be behind this. I am devastated by this breech of protocols and I will do what it takes to punish those responsible,” said Dr. Turay, who is currently out of the country.
Mammy Sam, 11, was spotted by the media in the eastern district of Kailahun and her rare medical condition was published in several local media outlets in Sierra Leone.

She was later brought to the capital, Freetown, before she was referred to the private hospital in Makeni, where a surgery was performed on her enlarged breast.

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