Text and Data Mining valid from 2019-01-24
Received: 27 July 2018
Accepted: 14 January 2019
First Online: 24 January 2019
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: The Sierra Leone Ethics and Scientific Review Committee (Opinion date 29 March 2017) and the Institutional Review Board at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany (Opinion No. LMU 17–582) approved this study. The Sierra Leone Ethics and Scientific Review Committee provided ethical clearance for conducting this study and waivered the requirement to obtain informed consent from the patients whose medical records were analysed in this study on the grounds that this is an observational retrospective study that did not allow at that time for individualized informed consent to be obtained. The Surgeon General of the 34 Military Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone also provided official clearance to access the medical records of these patients.
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