‘Include Ebola Survivors on Task Forces’

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A health consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) assigned in Grand Cape Mount County, Dr. Akpaka Kalu, has called for the inclusion of Ebola survivors on the National Ebola Taskforce to educate citizens about the danger and prevention of the disease.

Dr. Kalu made the recommendation during the county’s Ebola Taskforce coordination meeting held on Wednesday in Sinje Town, Garwula District.

According to him, the inclusion of survivors on the taskforce was important, “because the survivors should be used as psycho-social counselors in the fight against the deadly epidemic.”

“Instead of bringing survivors on the taskforce,” Dr. Kalu lamented that unfortunately, the survivors are being stigmatized by Liberians rather than looking at them as resourced persons to educate others about the danger of the virus.

 He cautioned Liberians against stigmatizing Ebola survivors, adding that this could render them feeling separated from the society.

Meanwhile, Cape Mount County Superintendent Imam Mohammed A. Paasewe, has called on the county’s health workers to return to work in an effort to save lives.

He referred to the delay by health workers to return to work as one of the factors that could possibly lead to the spread of the Ebola virus in the county.

Mr. Passawe explained that some of the curable diseases that could be easily prevented are now killing citizens, due to the failure of health facilities in the county to reopen.

Superintendent Paasewe made the statement recently when he toured the county as he created sensitization and awareness on an Ebola prevention campaign.

He said the return of health workers to the various clinics, hospitals and other health facilities would alleviate the fear of the people to utilize health facilities for medical treatment.

Superintendent Paasewe also explained that reopening health facilities and the return of workers will help to minimize the spread of the Ebola virus in the county.

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