Soldier’s family ‘ill-treated’

- LAXMI SAH, Bara

Sep 5, 2014-

Family of Bil Bahadur Shrestha, an Nepal Army soldier who was put under surveillance after being suspected of contracting Ebola virus and was released later after no threat was confirmed, have complained that they are finding it difficult to socialise in the community due to the incident.

Shrestha returned from Congo on August 24 after completing his six-month service at the UN peacekeeping mission. A resident of Gadimai Municipality-1, Shrestha’s wife Dilmaya complained that villagers are reluctant to talk to them and her three children are badly treated in school and are kept separately from other students.

She added that customers do not visit her shop as well. “School principal recently visited my house and asked me not to send my children to school,” she said. “Though doctors told that my husband is free from the disease, we are still victimized by the incident,” she said.

Shrestha said rumours that he contracted the disease spread when he was referred to a health desk set up by the Narayani Sub Regional Hospital.

Published: 06-09-2014 09:16

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