During a meeting with over 20 survivors at State House on Monday 25th May 2015, President Ernest Bai Koroma has assured survivors of the Ebola Virus Disease of government’s readiness to provide them with the necessary social services till their lives return to normal.
He said when the epidemic was reported in May last year, people received the news with mixed feelings and interpretations and that the issue of denial resulted to the death of considerable number of people.
About 3,000 have died so far since the outbreak started and 4,013 survivors on record.
While expressing gratitude to Ebola survivors for their resilience, the President also commended the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs for what he referred to as ‘proactiveness in planning programmes for survivors’.
Presenting a group of Ebola survivors to the president, the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affair,s Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai, disclosed that the survivors are planning a massive anti-stigma sensitization campaign.
Yusufu Kabba of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors described the meeting with President Koroma as a special moment. He said they are receiving support from government through the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs.