A visiting Liberian Actor Based in Ghana, Joseph Van Vicker, has appealed to Liberians against stigmatizing Ebola survivors in the country. Mr. Vicker said with the eradication of the deadly Ebola disease and survivors of other Liberians through God’s intervention, survivors should not be stigmatized, but embraced for surviving the virus. According to him, the issue of stigmatizingt Ebola survivors must be discouraged in the society.
Mr. Vicker warned that if the Public continues to discriminate against Ebola survivors, the situation will further traumatize them, adding to the one that they already experienced at the various Ebola treatment Units (ETU). “My fellow Liberians, please be receptive to the Ebola survivors you have because they are already traumatized; you know, with the kind of stigma associated with this condition, which has to do with the negative feelings that one has about himself or from others, it is going to cause another problem for them,” he indicated.
The visiting Liberian Actor made the statement at the J.F.K Memorial Hospital where led a parade organized by the Federation of Liberian Youth, (FLY) through the streets of Sinkor as part of its 41st anniversary celebrations. He commended staff of the JF.K Hospital and all health workers in the country for their fight against the spread of the Ebola disease in the country.
FLY’s President Augustine Tamba praised Liberian health workers and the entire and citizens for the fight against the Ebola disease, further appealing to community dwellers to be very receptive to the survivors, because they were already traumatized. He stressed that with the kind of stigma associated with their situation, it may create negative feelings for them if they are stigmatized. Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Officer of the JFK Memorial Hospital, Dr. Billy Johnson, lauded Mr. Vicker and FLY’s leadership for recognizing the efforts of the hospital aside health workers of Liberia, promising to continue to do the best in the interest of humanity. By Bridgett Milton – Edited by George Barpeen