A COVID-19 survivor in Ghana on Thursday urged the public to be sympathetic toward patients and survivors of the disease and avoid any kind of discrimination and stigmatization.
Fred Drah, a father of four and discharged from hospital on Sunday, said he and his family are facing discrimination and were stigmatized because of the disease.
Drah said people refused to have contact with him and his wife. Their children were not left out, as the other children in the neighborhood pointed fingers at them when they passed by.
He said Ghanaians should end such discrimination because the infection alone was a traumatic experience, and stigmatization would make it worse.
Drah also called on the Ghanaian people to follow the authorities’ hygiene advice and comply with quarantine orders to better contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“Covid-19 is real. Coronavirus is real. So please, try and obey the lockdown and all other things being said in the media. Let us try and obey them. When I had it, within the shortest time, my throat will be dry I had to take water continuously. Covid-19 is real,” he said.
Authorities in the African country have put in place a team of psychologists to help those infected and educate the public against discrimination.