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Ugandan Ebola survivors ask to be sent to West Africa

16 October 2014, 22:56

Kampala - Survivors of an Ebola epidemic that killed more than 200 people in Uganda 14 years ago on Thursday asked to be sent to West Africa to lend psychological support to sufferers there.

"We had a terrible experience when we fell sick," said Walter Odongo, who heads an Ebola survivors' association based in northern Gulu district, where the epidemic started in 2000.

"We were traumatised, stigmatised and pointed fingers at. We believe the same is happening to the Ebola sufferers in West Africa," Odongo told dpa.

Odongo said the survivors had appealed to the government and to the World Health Organisation through the media to send them to West Africa.

"We can give psycho-social support, talk to people who survived and who have lost relatives," he said.

The 2000 epidemic killed 224 people in several districts of Uganda. Ebola struck the East African country again in 2007 and 2012, killing 37 and 17 people, respectively.

Uganda is currently battling the Ebola-like Marburg virus, which has killed one person, while more than 100 people are under observation.



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