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‘Ebola survivors must be treated as heroes & heroines’

…Ghanaian envoy

OCTOBER 23, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Ghanaian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone has urged members of the public not to ostracize survivors of the Ebola virus disease, but rather to treat them as heroes and heroines and utilise them in various ways to fight the dreadful disease.

Speaking during the ceremony to discharge forty-five (45) Ebola survivors from the Hastings Treatment Center, Retired Major-General Carl S. Modey congratulated the survivors for their strong will and fortitude in the face of all odds.

He urged them to disseminate the message in their communities that one jeopardizes his/her chances of survival by hiding and not seeking early treatment.

“Your being here today shows that you are winners and it is that winning spirit that will encourage you to go back into your various communities with the assurance that you are capable of overcoming any adversities that may come your way in the future,” he said.

According to the Ghanaian envoy, figures of those that have survived the virus at the centre, which started operation in mid September, are commendable and an ample demonstration of the ability of Sierra Leoneans to rise to the occasion.

He commended health workers at the center for a job well done and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for their continuous and tireless efforts to bring the outbreak under control and ultimately eradicate it from the country.

Also speaking, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 2, Madina Rahman, congratulated the survivors, stating that her ministry depends on them to take the message that early treatment could help save lives.

She said that although they went through numerous hurdles in establishing the center, it has proven to be a great success, especially with regards the number of patients that have been discharged at the exclusively Sierra Leonean run centre.

Since the opening of the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center on 19 September, a total of one hundred and twenty-three (123) patients have been discharged, with eighty-one (81) deaths.

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