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Kenema Welcomes Ebola Survivors

Sulaiman Bah

In other to showcase that Ebola victims and survivors should be welcomed back to society without discrimination, stakeholders in  Kenema District have welcomed 13 Ebola survivors from three sections in the Lower Bambara Chiefdom.

The stakeholders included the Mayor of Kenema, Minority Leader of Parliament, World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP), International Red Cross (IRC), Kenema District Ebola Taskforce and other descendants of the district.

In a conspicuous ceremony organized at Kormende Section where the Minority Leader of Parliament hails from, stakeholders appreciated the work of the doctors and other healthcare workers championing the Ebola fight at the frontlines.

In her keynote address, the Minority Leader of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai expressed thanks and appreciation for receiving the survivors and commended all parties contributing to the fight against the deadly epidemic in the country.

She admonished community members to be respecters of the law and follow the advice from health officials to stay away from Ebola related issues.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai advised that the Ebola survivors should be treated as equals in society and not to be discriminated against.

The Mayor of Kenema city, His Worship Joseph Kelfala, also thanked the organizations involved in the Ebola fight, while he assured that support would be given to the Ebola survivors.

Representatives from IRC, WHO and WFP also made meaningful contributions during the ceremony.

One of the survivors thanked and appreciated IRC and others for bringing them back to life and promised to adhere to advices.

Distribution of food items to all the 13 survivors by WFP climaxed the occasion