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Table 2 Estimated number and ratio of health personnel in 2002

From: Technical efficiency of peripheral health units in Pujehun district of Sierra Leone: a DEA application

Categories of Human Resources Number employed by Government Number employed by NGOs & Private sector Total number of human resources Population per health worker
Doctors 169 131 300 15290
Nurses 406 200 606 7569
Other nursing personnel 1655 1500 3155 1454
Pharmacists 11 - 11 417000
Dispensing technicians 124 - 124 36992
Environmental health officers 168 36 204 22485
Endemic disease control assistant 332 - 332 13816
Community health officers 194 90 284 16151
Laboratory technicians 28 12 40 114675
Radiographers 4 8 12 382250
Sanitary Engineers 2 0 2 2293500
Health education officers 4 1 5 917400
Other health workers 294 - 294 15602
  1. Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa [10]