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NATUPAW Wants Holding Centers Established For Ebola Survivors
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NATUPAW Wants Holding Centers Established For Ebola Survivors
By Robert Dixon

MONROVIA, January 12  (LINA) - The National Trade Unions of Public Servants and Allied Workers (NATUPAW) has underscored the need for the Liberian Government  to establish holding centers for Ebola survivors.

NATUPAW Secretary General  Tye K.S Jaye, said the holding centers are necessary because Ebola survivors would be provided psychological counseling there.

According to Jaye, all Ebola survivors have horrifying experiences; and that the psychological counseling provided them there would help them overcome their trauma.

He said the centers will also afford the Ebola survivors the opportunity to explain their stories to each other as a way of removing the stress they encountered.

Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Monday, Mr. Jaye called on community dwellers and landlords to embrace those who have been fortunate to return from the various Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and stop frustrating them with stigmatization.

He expressed fear that stigmatizing Ebola survivors will further traumatize them and discourage others affected by the disease from willingly reporting themselves for treatment for fear of being isolated by their own community dwellers or friends.

The NATUPAW Secretary General noted that the action of the landlords and community dwellers could also lead Ebola patients to spread the virus because they would hide themselves in communities for fear of being branded Ebola victims.

He also frowned on landlords who refuse to rent their premises to Ebola survivors for fear that they and their family members would contract the disease, clarifying that Ebola survivors do not spread the virus.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jaye is calling on Liberians to continue to observe the preventive measures outlined by health authorities despite the drop in Ebola cases, noting that this is the only way the disease can  be eradicated from the country.

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