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PREVAIL Encourages Ebola Survivors To Lure Close Contacts Into Study
MONROVIA, July 23 (LINA)-The Partnership for Research on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia (PREVAIL) is encouraging Ebola survivors who enrolled in the Ebola Natural History Study (ENHS) to engender the medical study by luring their close contacts into the Study.
Speaking on Friday, July 22, 2016 at an advocacy meeting in Weala, Margibi County, Mr. George Coker, a member of the Community Engagement and Awareness of PREVAIL, indicated that although the enrollment of Ebola survivors is to last for one year, the speedy enrollment of their close contacts was necessary for the success of the five-year Medical Study.
Mr.Coker whose boss, Ambassador Juli Endee serves as PREVAIL’s Lead Pillar on Community Engagement and Awareness, pointed out that the enrollment of Ebola survivors which began June 2015 at the JFK Hospital in Sinkor, has so far yielded fruitful results with a sizable number of Ebola survivors and their close contacts enrolling in the Study (Research).
According to a press release, Mr. Coker who was addressing stakeholders including the local Ebola survivors’ leadership, youth and women groups as well as local and traditional leaders, maintained that PREVAIL is venturing into remote and rough terrains across the country defying the challenging weather conditions to ensure that Ebola survivors and close contacts who are yet to join the study do so, as this is important to cater to their current health complications.
He urged the participants to convey the information to people in their communities and villages so that people targeted for the medical study are aware of the benefits associated with the enrollment, especially in the seven sub-studies that include Eye testing, Neurology, Breast Milk testing, Semen testing, Lumber Puncture, Birth cohorts and Vaginal swipe.
For his part, PREVAIL’s Lead Pillar on Advocacy, Mr. Joseph Boye Cooper, encouraged Ebola Survivors to hasten and enroll and not leave behind their close contacts since the decision of identifying close contacts for enrollment squarely rests on them.
Mr. Cooper explained that the Birth Cohort, Brest Milk testing, and Virginal Swipe sub- studies are exclusively for female Ebola survivors, while the Semen testing is exclusively for male Ebola survivors.
“Other sub Studies including the Eye, Neurology, and Lumba Puncture,” he said, “are for both male and female Ebola survivors,” the release concluded.