By Janjay F. Campbell
The Firestone Medical Center yesterday reintegrated five Ebola survivors into society declaring them free of the deadly disease.
Speaking at the reintegration program held in Camp One, Harbel, Margibi County, the Medical Director of Firestone Health Services, Dr. Lyndon Mabande, said health workers are going beyond their borders to save lives.
He stressed that residents in various communities across Liberia must stop discouraging and frightening health workers but to support and encourage them to continue saving lives. Dr. Mabande is encouraging Liberians to restrict their movements and take the necessary preventive measures as prescribed by the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Mabande who presented Levi Zeobuegar and his late sister’s three children to the community said no disease has ever scared health workers in Liberia like the Ebola virus. He said health workers are depending on community dwellers to call them whenever there is a suspected case in a community.
He said health workers are saving the lives of those suffering from the Ebola virus as a result of the many calls they usually receive from various communities. He assured the public that the five survivors are very well and there is no trace of the Ebola virus in them and called on the community to accept the five survivors calling on their families not to reject them as they need the support of their families and neighbors.
Also speaking on behalf of his immediate family, including his niece and nephews, one of the survivors,
Levi Zeobuegar said he contacted the disease when he touched the bathing towel that was used by his sister who also died from the Ebola virus.
Mr. Zeobuegar praised the Almighty God for healing him and lauded the health workers at Firestone Medical Center for saving his life and his family. Zeobuegar said health workers in the country are risking their lives on a daily basis to save the lives of their fellow compatriots.
Meanwhile, the Public Relation Manager of Firestone, Rufus Karmo during the ceremony presented a purse, a new furnished building and some assorted items to Mr. Zeobuegar to enable him and his family continue their normal life again.
Grace Gaye, 14, who also survived the Ebola virus, was turned over to her family and community by Dr. Mabande. He used the occasion to urge community dwellers to assist little Grace by showing her love and care.
Grace was presented with a certificate declaring her free of the deadly disease along with a purse and other assorted items. Thanking God for saving his daughter’s life, Mr. Samuel Gaye Sr. said he was astounded because he had already given up his daughter’s survival.