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Sierra Leone Ebola survivors protest over medical treatment

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Image caption More than 10,000 Sierra Leoneans survived after they were thought to have contracted Ebola

Survivors of Ebola are holding protests across Sierra Leone over what they believe is a lack of government care.

They say some people have died because they have not received proper medical treatment.

Some women whose husbands died from Ebola say the government has not provided them with the support it promised, meaning their children cannot go to school.

There has been no response so far from the authorities.

Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors head Yusuf Kabbah told the BBC's Umaru Fofana that Ebola survivors had been abandoned with no clear recovery plan for them.

Nearly 4,000 people died from Ebola in the recent outbreak in Sierra Leone and more than 10,000 people are believed to have survived, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Surviving Ebola

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  • There are over 10,000 Ebola survivors worldwide
  • It has been detected in the semen of male survivors
  • The World Health Organization says efforts must be intensified to ensure such men can have their semen checked to know if they might still be able to spread the infection.
  • Some scientists say there is a risk the virus may become an ever-present disease in West African society

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