Lagos state Government has revealed that two survivor of the deadly Ebola disease have complained about the stigmatization meted on them by the general public despite being given a clean bill of health. The Lagos state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who disclosed while addressing newsmen yesterday in Alausa, said the government has ordered the Ministry of Justice to take up the case on behalf of the affected victims.
Dr Jide, who sounded a serious warning to residents to desist from such acts, said the social problems being faced by discharged cases ranges from eviction from their accommodation, as well as the termination of their employment in their place of work.
“We’ve had cases of employers just terminating the employment of their staff who were just mere contacts, not even suspected cases. We believe this is unfair and we feel this impedes on their fundamental human rights. I wish to implore all Lagosians once more not to stigmatize all cases and contacts that have been given a clean bill of health and passionately urge all of us and all employers inclusive to facilitate their reintegration into the society.”
“Stigmatization will further make contacts and suspects to go underground and continue to reverse the gains so far made in the containment and management of this outbreak. People feel stigmatized and they may not want to come out because of that, they come up with symptoms and they may not come out and jeopardize not only their lives, but their family members and other people they come in contact with. That’s why it is essential that people should stop that.”