LIBERIA: Male Ebola Survivors Passing Virus Onto Females, Ebola Doctor Alarms

The Head of the Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), Dr. Atai Omurutu, has alarmed that male survivors of the Ebola disease are infecting their female partners with the virus.

She said this is so because the male Ebola survivors have refused to follow medical advice to refrain from sex for three months after their discharge or to use condom during sexual intercourse.

According to the Liberia News Agency, Dr. Omurutu, who made the disclosure Wednesday when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf paid an acquaintance visit to the ETU Wednesday, explained that the facility is now receiving the wives of male Ebola survivors.

She emphasized the need for government to distribute condoms free of charge to male Ebola survivors to help reduce the chances of infecting their female partners with the virus.

Dr.  Omurutu pointed out that the non-use of condom by male Ebola survivors has the propensity to hinder efforts to eradicate the killer disease from Liberia.

In remarks, President Sirleaf said she will work with Health Ministry authorities to address the issue, and urged survivors and other Liberians to continue to adhere to safety measures in order to make the country Ebola-free.

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