LIBERIA: “We Are Not Harmful,” Ebola Survivor Tells Public

The National Coordinator of the Ebola Survivors Network, Rev. Meekie Glayweon, has reiterated that Ebola survivors are not harmful people as perceived by many in society.

Glayweon said Liberians should see Ebola survivors as people who can be of “great service” to the health sector because they cannot be infected again, making them useful in treating people who come down with the Ebola disease.

She made the call Wednesday at a program marking the launch of photo voices of Ebola Survivors at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Center in Sinkor, outside Monrovia.

The Ebola Survivors photo voices are intended to afford Ebola survivors an opportunity to explain their problems with attached pictures.

She expressed fear that stigmatizing Ebola survivors will reverse the gains made so far by government and its partners in containing the virus.

Glayweon observed that stigmatization is still on the increase and warned that if not stopped it has the propensity to discriminate against Ebola survivors.

“I feel so bad being stigmatized; it makes me feel so pathetic because people we interacted with prior to contracting the virus are now afraid to interact with us,” she added.

She noted that survivors who were renting houses prior to contracting the virus have been asked to vacate, while some are facing rejection by family members.

According to her, the issue of stigma is increasing daily, and stressed the need for people to look at the good side of Ebola survivors.

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