PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island native who survived the Ebola virus gave his first local TV interview to Eyewitness News.
Ashoka Mukpo attended a vigil at the State House Wednesday night, honoring the victims of Ebola in West Africa and the healthcare workers battling the virus there. Mukpo was infected with Ebola while working as a freelance cameraman in Liberia.
“I am doing much better. I am doing well enough to be out here at night. I’m happy to be here,” Mukpo told Eyewitness News.
Mukpo, along with Governor Lincoln Chafee who was dressed in traditional Liberian clothes, attended Wednesday’s “Ebola Be Gone” vigil, and both said more needs to be done to fight the outbreak at its source.
While Mukpo didn’t want any attention directed at him, he did tell Eyewitness News this event was important to educate the community about Liberia.
“I think it’s important for the Liberian community to come together and raise awareness, gain attention and start to send resources so we can all have our moment of joy when this is done,” Mukpo said.
For many in the crowd, their moment of joy was just seeing Mukpo there.
“It gave us hope that not everyone is going to die. That’s what he means to me,” Antoinette Gbomina, a Liberian native said.
Rhode Island has one of the largest Liberian populations in the country. Those who attended the vigil said its events like this that bring the community together to all help fight Ebola.