An editorial in FrontPageAfrica: Ebola Gone But Scars Remain: Survivors Deserve Better. Excerpt:
During a visit to Liberia, World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim held meetings with Ebola survivors and, according to some survivors, he pledged the Bank’s support the recovery process of these survivors.
Adter Ebola, the plight of these survivors, some of whom lost all family members, is very disturbing-no program has been developed to look after these survivors by providing them medical attention and other forms of support.
IN Monrovia and all the counties, survivors continue to look up for assistance which is yet to come.
Mercy Kromah, a 12- year old Ebola survivor who told FrontPageAfrica she lost both parents to the virus is still in a state of confusion not knowing where her life is going at the moment.
The physical appearance of Mercy tells it all--rashes on the skin, poor look and visibly looking malnourished. She says since she was discharged from the MSF ETU on August 7, 2014, she has not visited a hospital because she can’t afford to pay for treatment.
Like Mercy who lives in Monrovia, survivors in rural counties are far worse as one survivor from the remote village of Quewin in Grand Bassa County said one paracetamol tablet is sold in her village for L$30 and she cannot afford to buy a dose containing at least 12 tablets at the $30 price per tablet to take whenever she is experiencing severe headache.
During the peak of the outbreak in Liberia, there was huge international support with the presence of many international non-governmental organizations on the ground but with the virus now defeated, it looks like the world has left the country.
Although the virus is now gone but the scars are very visible and the desperate living conditions of many survivors is one big example of the indelible mark of Ebola on the country and its population.