CONAKRY, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Bakary Oulare, a Guinean doctor who got cured of Ebola virus on Friday urged his fellow Guineans "not to doubt the presence of the disease in the country and to work together to contain it."
"The message I wish to give to the population is that Ebola fever exists in Guinea. It is not politics. It is not a way for the authorities to get funds as some people have been saying," Oulare said when he spoke on the national television.
"The more we present ourselves in a treatment center, the more we have a chance to get cured," he said.
"At first, it was not easy for me when I heard that my results were positive, because the information we had heard initially was that there's no vaccine or treatment for this disease. I therefore thought that this would be the end of my life," Oulare said.
"But the encouragement of my family and colleagues made me to go for treatment, and I am finally healed," he affirmed.
His statement will help to sensitize people in a country who are reluctant to see health officials involved in the fight against Ebola virus.
Some Guineans still do not believe the presence of Ebola virus in their country despite official statistics showing that at least 409 people have died from the disease out of 607 confirmed cases.