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PREVAIL Birth-Cohorts Sub Study Halts Miscarriages
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PREVAIL Birth-Cohorts Sub Study Halts Miscarriages

MONROVIA, August 24 (LINA) - The Partnership for Research on the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia (PREVAIL) has disclosed that perennial reports of miscarriages and still-births among female Ebola survivors have ceased since they (female Ebola survivors) began enrolling in the Birth-Cohorts sub-study in December 24, 2015.

The Communication Lead of PREVAIL, Mr. Hassan Kiawu, noted that there has been no report of miscarriage and still-birth among female Ebola survivors since their enrolment in the sub-study at the J.F.K, Duport Road and C.H. Rennie Hospitals in Monrovia, Paynesville and Kakata, Margibi County respectively.

He was speaking recently at a one-day Community Engagement Forum with local, traditional, religious and opinion leaders as well as women and youth groups in Morris Farm, Todee District in rural Montserrado County.

According to a press release, the Birth-Cohorts sub-study is among six other sub-studies, including the Eye, Neurology, Semen collection, Breast Milk testing, Lumba Puncture and Vagina Swipe introduced by PREVAIL as sub-studies under the Ebola Natural History Study (ENHS), also known as PREVAIL-3.

PREVAIL authorities revealed that the sub-studies were introduced to conduct specialized medical examination on Ebola survivors who continue to suffer from post-Ebola medical complications, including miscarriage, still-birth, joint and body pains, poor memory, loss of sight, persistent fever and impotency.

Mr. Kiawu pleaded with participants to encourage female Ebola survivors in their towns and villages to enroll in the Birth-Cohorts sub-study to get the proper medical attention that would lead to safe delivery of their offspring.

At the same time, Kiawu has called on community leaders to admonish Ebola survivors yet to enroll in PREVAIL-3 to do so, saying, “It is the prerequisite for enrolment in the seven sub-studies.

Mr. Kaiwu explained that female Ebola survivors who already enrolled in PREVAIL-3 will be monitored and reminded by PREVAIL trackers to go
regularly to the health facility where they got enrolled for routine medical check-up.

“Those noticed to be pregnant will be conveyed close to said health facility and catered to by PREVAIL when they enter eight months of pregnancy. They will finally be admitted into said health facility in their ninth month of pregnancy and given the desired medical care by clinicians/doctors until they give birth,” Mr. Kaiwu indicated.

According to him, the Birth-Cohorts sub-study is not only aimed at ensuring that female Ebola survivors deliver free of medical complications, but also to determine whether perceived diseases are passed onto new born babies.

It can be recalled that in June 2015 the Liberia-U.S. Joint Clinical Research Partnership Research launched the Ebola Natural History Study (ENHS) or PREVAIL-3 to enroll 1,500 Ebola survivors and 6,000 of their close contacts into a medical research.

The study is intended to find out why Ebola survivors continue to suffer from the medical complications after being declared free of Ebola by health authorities in Liberia.

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