Timothy Oteinde, a hygienist working at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) as a nursing assistant.

''When I heard about the outbreak, I knew that LUTH would be among the response teams. When the isolation ward opened, I decided to volunteer. Initially when we started, we faced discrimination: volunteers we were not able to enter some offices as usual and we faced discrimination and stigmatisation from friends and family. It hasn't been easy working here but we thank God. Understanding the nature of the disease is the most important thing. A lot of people said that I had signed my death warrant when I signed up to volunteer, but we are here, and I thank God. Many people who ran away from us came back to the isolation ward and we took care of them. They didn't understand that a soldier going to war is more prepared than someone at home.''

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