I am an Ebola nurse. I am also an Ebola survivor. This is my story.
Before joining the Red Cross, I was working at the Ebola holding centre at Koidu government hospital and I came into contact with someone with Ebola on 8 December, 2014. The next two days I was attacked by a high fever so I travelled to the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre Kenema where I got treatment for 13 days. I’m now ok so I’m now a survivor. I thank God for my life but it was also so sad for me because 12 of us contracted the sickness and only two of us survived. But I thank God I am coping much better now.
The world needs humanitarian workers in West Africa. Stigmatizing them or restricting their movement will hinder the global response.
An effective global response to the Ebola virus disease crisis in West Africa requires unhindered movement to and from the region for humanitarian workers. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is urging all governments to support and facilitate this, and ensure health workers returning from Ebola-affected countries are treated with respect and without discrimination. These workers are on the frontline of all our efforts to contain and combat the disease.