Ebola Survivors Network Rallies for PREVAIL Research


As community awareness by the Liberia-US Joint Clinical Research Partnership to find causes and derive medical solution for health complications being experienced by Ebola survivors continues, the National President of the Ebola Survivors Network of Liberia (ESNL) has made a rallying call to all Ebola survivors to participate in the study.
Speaking Tuesday at the edifice of the Effort Baptist Church in Paynesville during the on-going community engagement campaign spearheaded by the Social Mobilization and Communication Department of PREVAIL, Mr. Patrick Seeco Faley revealed that Ebola survivors are facing serious health programs day-by-day.
He named some of the health complications as constant hot body temperature, persistent internal body pains, poor eye sight, uncontrollable male erection, impotency, weakness, swollen legs and failure to conceive or get pregnant by female survivors.
Addressing about 300 participants that included Ebola survivors, Ebola close contact people and other community dwellers, Mr. Faley stressed that unless Ebola survivors take advantage of the on-going PREVAIL Research by getting enrolled for the study, they risk living the rest of their lives with various pains and other post-Ebola illnesses.
He noted that though the study conducted by PREVAIL has a lifespan of five years, only people who enroll now will benefit from free treatment after doing their test and that only these same individuals will continue to be monitored by PREVAIL during the five year period of the research.
Mr. Faley, who complained that Ebola survivors are still facing discrimination in the country, blamed some community leaders for discouraging Ebola survivors from enrolling in the Research saying they often mislead them by saying blood extracted from them will be used for other negative purposes.
He told his colleagues that although they are being provided relief assistance by philanthropic organizations, they need to enroll in the Research to have the opportunity to be thoroughly examined by modern laboratory equipment and given the best treatment for their post-Ebola health problems.
Other speakers included Dr. Jestina Doe-Anderson, a Liberian Medical Research Scientist, Veteran Medical Practitioner Madam Julia Mulbah Lysander and three team members of the Social Mobilization and Communication Department of PREVAIL .
The Research is enrolling 1,500 Ebola survivors and it will cover nine of the most affected Ebola counties in the country. The enrollment and the treatment of post-Ebola sicknesses are free and no one is forced to enroll.
The enrollment is being carried out at two hospitals: the JFK Medical Center in Sinkor and the Duport Road Medical Center.


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