February 5, 2015 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
An Ebola survivor at Grafton in the Western Rural District says she is being marginalised by members of her community.
Mariama Kamara, who was recently discharged from the Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre, told Concord Times that members of her community have been discriminatory towards her since she returned home.
“I intend to leave the locality for another settlement since most of my friends and other people are in the habit of calling me ‘Ebola patient’,” she told Concord Times.
Despite the heavy death toll inflicted by the outbreak, a glimmer of hope has been the more than 2,000 survivors, with the Hasting centre – run entirely by Sierra Leoneans – accounting for more than a quarter.
But there have been stories of discrimination and lack of acceptance by some members of communities who stigmatise survivors, either out of ignorance or out of fear.
Section Chief at the Grafton Old Camp, Ya-Alimamy Bangura, promised to take stern action against anyone caught discriminating against Ebola survivors in the community.
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madina Rahman, reechoed that when she told this reporter that Ebola survivors should not be discriminated against in any shape or form, adding that they should be ambassadors sensitising residents in their respective communities.