Via allAfrica.com, a report in FrontPageAfrica: Liberia: 'Greet Him From Distance' - Phebe Doctor Faces Ebola Stigma After Survival. Excerpt:
Suakoko — Dr. Melvin Korkor, a doctor of Phebe hospital, has beaten the odds and survived Ebola, but he still has one more problem: The stigma carried by the deadly disease.
Even though he is completely healthy, people are afraid to come near him or to have anything to do with him.
For example, Korkor arrived on the campus of Cuttington University Monday to 'attend to personal issues' but was kept at bay by friends, students and loved ones.
'We want to hug our doctor but fear we would come in contact with the virus,' one student told FrontPageAfrica. I will greet him from a distance.'
Another student only identified as Catherine told FrontPageAfrica: 'I am happy doctor Korkor has returned but I am totally not convinced he is Ebola free. I will shake his hands after 21 days.'
That is the level of stigma that is lingering long after the virus has been purged from Korkor's body. 'Thanks to God, I am cured. But now I have a new disease: the stigmatization that I am a victim of," Korkor was quoted by a local radio station in Gbarnga. 'This disease (the stigma) is worse than the fever. I should have died, but I responded to care, which includes intensive hydration.'
Even though Korkor said he has been cleared of Ebola, he says that people avoid him. 'Now, everywhere in my neighborhood, all the looks bore into me like I'm the plague," he said.
FrontPageAfrica reporter who trailed the Phebe doctor on Cuttington campus Monday observed that people left places when he showed up while friends, students and loved ones avoided his handshake or eat with him.
In another FrontPageAfrica report, Dr. Wilhemina Jallah is denying rumours that she has contracted Ebola from a patient she treated at her Women of Hope Medical Hospital.