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The program chairperson for Ebola Survivor Network in Liberia, Patrick S. Faley, is warning that survivors from the deadly Ebola virus across the country risk losing their sights.

Mr. Faley said survivors have reported a wide range of health and mental health problems after being discharged from treatment centers, noting that many Ebola survivors complain of eye and hearing problems, weakness, joint and back pains, impotency and generalized pains.

Speaking during a thanksgiving service Thursday, 18 December at the Monrovia City Hall, Mr. Faley said 15% of persons, who recovered from the virus developed eyes problem, experienced nightmares, flashbacks and mental disorder.

He also said many survivors face stigma up to 35% and joblessness. At the service, a representative from the Lion Club international said the organization has been helping survivors since the outbreak will always be there for Liberia.  Meanwhile, Ebola survivors in the country have complained of continuous stigmatization by community residents and the public in general.

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