“Social stigma more painful than coronavirus”

13, Sep 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

Coronavirus survivors across the country say they face discrimination by neighbors and society

DHANGADI

RSS

Coronavirus survivors here shared that social stigma was more painful than coronavirus itself.

Not only the coronavirus survivors, but also their family members and close relatives have been socially stigmatized, said a coronavirus survivor of Ghodaghodi Municipality-3 of Kailali district. He said, "Though we have defeated coronavirus, we have been defeated in society. It is as if the community has problems with us."

Similarly, another coronavirus survivor of Ghodaghodi Municipality-3 shared that his neighbour was deprived of working under the Prime Minister Agriculture Employment Programme, because he had visited his home. "He is disheartened that society takes him negatively though his condition is normal."

Another coronavirus survivor of Ghodaghodi Municipality-8 further said, though they completely recovered from the virus, neighbours were afraid to approach them.

Likewise, another coronavirus survivors of Ghodaghodi Municipality-10, Ramesh Pandey, complained, "Our village and community do not support us. Now, what can we expect from others? I think Nepali culture of support and tolerance is lacking. It is a painful case indeed. The pandemic has raised many questions on social harmony and humanity."

These are some examples how social stigma has affected coronavirus survivors. The coronavirus survivors across the country have been facing the same problem. They have been looked at as the strange ones in society.  

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