Ebola Group Reacts To Report
The Regional Director of Young Life, Mr. James Davis has refuted claims by the Assistant Health Minister Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah on a statement attributed to him that the Incident Management System (IMS) psychosocial team was the one that hosted the recent Ebola Survivors Camp at the Baptist Seminary.
According to him, Min. Nyenswah made the statement at a press conference on Wednesday when the UN SR, took over from his predecessor.
Mr. Davis stated that he wants to categorically make it clear that his organization, Young Life Africa established the camp for the Ebola survivors in December.
“That weekend we brought together over 117 Ebola survivors from Bong, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montseerado Counties in the camp which was intended to help the survivors to come together in a relaxed environment and have the opportunity to play again and share stories and listen to messages of hope. We served those survivors for three days, fed them three times a day, slept with them in the same cabins and showered in the same bathrooms and since then, all 37 of our work crew who served these survivors have not shown any sign of sickness. So, this shows that these survivors are safe and that communities, families and friends should stop rejecting and stigmatizing them. They are heroes, champions and overcomers, therefore, let’s welcome them with love”, Mr. James explained.
He said at no time did Min Nyenswah and his IMS support the survivors’ camp they recently held at the Seminary.
“It’s embarrassing and a discredit to all of what we have done and continue to do in buttressing government’s efforts for Min. Nyenswah to claim such glory of something he had no part to play. They have never supported us during this camp. We are also planning to have another camp for survivors who were not part of the camp,” he emphasized.
The Regional Director said they want the camping to be used as a vehicle to help rehabilitate and reintegrate the survivors in their communities which will help mitigate some of the conflict issues that follow when survivors return to their communities.