Social Welfare Ministry engages Ebola survivors on safe sex


May 13, 2015 By Victoria Saffa

Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, in collaboration with the leadership of Ebola survivors in Freetown, will today commence a nationwide sensitization campaign to urge survivors to use condom during sex and their role in achieving zero Ebola case in the country.

In an exclusive interview with Concord Times, Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mustapha Bai Atilla, said the sensitization campaign is supported by the government and would last for 11 days across the country.

He said the exercise would only target district headquarters and that they would distribute condoms to both male and female survivors, to prevent the virus from transmitting through sex.

“We have over five thousand survivors in the country and most of them are matured men and women who need partners by their side and we cannot stop them from having sex; but we can encourage them to use condom during sex, so that we cannot have a high increase of infection,” said Atilla.

The deputy minister noted that survivors should be in the frontline of the fight to eradicate the virus because they know the pain of being infected, thus the campaign slogan ‘Who knows it feels it’.

He said the ministry has been working in the areas of psychosocial pillars, precaution of prevention, thus admonishing parents to keep survivor children at home, as well as provide support for Ebola survivor orphans.