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Health Workers Urged Not To Shun Ebola Survivors
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Health Workers Urged Not To Shun Ebola Survivors

MONROVIA, September 12 (LINA) - A representative of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), Mr. Daniel Bumie, has reiterated his call on health workers, including doctors and clinicians, not to turn away Ebola survivors seeking treatment at health facilities.

Bumie, a member of Community Engagement for the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia (PREVAIL) told a huge gathering of religious, local, and community leaders as well as heads of women and youth groups in Nezoe community in the Monrovia suburb of Paynesville Friday that Ebola survivors are free of Ebola and cannot transmit the EVD disease to others.

According to a press release, the Social Worker noted that constant reports suggesting that health workers across the country are in the habit of turning away or discriminating against Ebola survivors seeking medical attention for ordinary and regular illnesses like malaria, headache among others, were not only unhealthy but also violate their medical oath to save lives without discrimination.

It can be recalled that during PREVAIL’s Advocacy meeting in May 2016 that brought the leadership of Ebola survivors and health workers face-to-face in Gardnersville, several health practitioners from clinics and hospitals in Gardnersville and Bardnersville admitted isolating Ebola survivors at their facilities but attributed their action to ignorance that Ebola survivors are harmful.

They then called for more awareness on the matter, while few indicated that they accommodated and treated Ebola survivors in line with their ethics but admitted harboring fear of contracting the EVD after treating the survivors.

But speaking September 9 at a one-day Community Engagement forum in Nezoe, Paynesville, Bumie maintained that it was wrong to keep stigmatizing Ebola survivors since they pose no harm to the public, adding, “I have been working with them over a year now and I have no Ebola.”

He told the participants that in fact Ebola survivors are now considered as ‘heroes,’ noting that in the event where the same strain  of Ebola virus that hit Liberia reappears in the country, Ebola survivors will help to convey affected persons to hospitals and even provide first aid treatment, if they are trained for that because they (Ebola survivors) cannot get affected anymore by the Ebola Virus.

Also addressing the participants, the Manager on Social Mobilization for PREVAIL Mr. Bartholomew Wilson, told participants that about 80 percent of the targeted 1,500 Ebola survivors have enrolled in the program and that focus is now being placed on Ebola survivors' close contacts for enrolment.

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