A World Health Organization (WHO) consultant on Ebola Case Management in Liberia says survivors of the deadly Ebola virus are more secured than people who are yet to contract the virus.
Dr. Atai Omoruto said family and community members should not be afraid of people who survived the virus because they are the safest ones.
“Please accept them; these people don’t have the virus any more. We’ve cured them of the virus and they cannot infect anybody…So, please accept them like you would accept anybody else…” Dr. Omoruto said in an interview with a team of LMC/IREX reporters recently at the John F. Kennedy Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia.
Dr. Omoruto heads a team of doctors from Uganda who are currently assigned at the JFK-ETU. The Ugandan team is expected to be reassigned to the 150 beds Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit on Bushrod Island upon completion of that facility.
She said survivals of Ebola have gotten special antibiotic in their immune systems and can no longer be affected by the virus.
Dr. Omoruto told families and community members to stop discriminating against Ebola survivors.
However, the WHO Ebola Case Management Consultant warned survivors to abstain from sex for at least three to six months.
Dr. Omoruto said the Ebola virus usually survives in the semen for about three months following treatment and it was therefore advisable for one to abstain from sex or use condoms when engaging in sexual intercourse.
She told the survivals to follow the advice in order to avoid transmitting the virus to their loved ones during these three to six months healing periods.
Ebola survivals have complained of serious discrimination from family and community members across Liberia.
Meanwhile, the Ebola Holding Center at the Tubmanburg Government Hospital in Bomi County has discharged its first two Ebola survivors.
Bomi County Health Officer Dr. Gborbee Logan said the 12 beds holding center was established by the Bomi County Health Team to temporarily keep people suspected of Ebola in the county.
Speaking to journalists Wednesday in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Dr. Logan said the first two female survivals were previously tested positive of the Ebola virus.
Dr. Logan stated that most of the patients at the center reported themselves to the center early for treatment.
He said although the virus does not have treatment, but early reporting to treatment centers is important in helping patients recover from the deadly virus.
“There is hope; all we need is that you need to come early. Once you start to get fever and headache that is the time to come…Don’t wait until you start bleeding, because when bleeding situation comes, it is late…” Dr. Logan said.
He said the two discharged patients are expected to be reunited with their families.
One of those who survived the Ebola, Bendu Kamara said she contracted the virus from her brother-in-law who was ill and later died. Kamara said her husband later died along with their son. She promised to serve as ambassador to create awareness about the Ebola virus.