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PC launches Ebola survivors surveillance campaign strategy

May 27, 2015 By Samuel Ben Turay from Kabala

Paramount Chief of Wara Wara Yagala Chiefdom in Koinadugu district, northern Sierra Leone, PC Kawukay Gbawuru Mansaray, has launched a campaign targeting Ebola survivors that are migrating to his chiefdom.

The campaign will seek to ensure that Ebola survivors who migrate to the chiefdom are law-abiding and comply with sex prohibition for at least three months, said the traditional ruler. He said the aim of the campaign is to prevent the spread of the virus in his chiefdom, which is yet to record any Ebola case, adding that the movement of people into the chiefdom is of serious concern.

The traditional ruler said although he is not a medico, he had listened to health professionals caution that the Ebola virus hides inside the sexual organ of survivors for at least three months, thus making it highly likely for a survivor to infect their partners during unprotected sexual intercourse.

PC Mansaray, who was speaking in Kabala last weekend, said he has no intension to stigmatize Ebola survivors, rather to stem the spread of the virus. “This is not about discriminating people, but it’s about preventing the spread of the virus among others,” he insisted.

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ebola virus can be found in the semen of some men who have recovered from the disease, thus it is possible that Ebola could be transmitted through sex. They therefore warn against sex with male survivors, as even the use of a condom could not be entirely safe.

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