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PREVAIL Studies Ebola Survivors Facing Blindness
MONROVIA, September 24 (LINA) - The Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL) has began enrolling Ebola survivors into a special study focusing on eyes.
The target survivors were gradually losing their sight as part of medical complications they are experiencing following their triumph over the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) almost two years ago.
It can be recalled that PREVAIL-3, also known as the Ebola Natural History Study (ENHS), was launched in June 2015 in Liberia to conduct a medical study (research) to find out why Ebola survivors continue to face medical complications.
The challenges include loss of sight, persistent fever and headache, body and joint pains, swollen legs, forgetfulness, miscarriage and impotency, among others.
As Ebola survivors began enrolling in PREVAIL-3, doctors noticed that several of them, both male and female, were suffering from the same kind of sicknesses.
According to a PREVAIL release, this situation prompted PREVAIL to establish sub-studies within the ENHS to deal with these specific illnesses.
Prominent among the sub-studies are the Eye study as several survivors were reporting the loss of sight. The other sub-studies are Neurology, Semen Collection, Breast Milk testing, Lumber Puncture, Birth Cohorts and Vagina Swipe.
A representative of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), Mr. Daniel Bumie, made the disclosure September 22 during a one-day Community Engagement meeting in Margibi County.
He told residents of Disco Hills and surrounding communities that several Ebola survivors who were losing their sights after leaving the Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU) almost two years ago and now were enrolling into the PREVAIL sub-study for Eye to have this problem corrected.
Bumie urged the residents to encourage Ebola survivors in their localities to enroll in the ENHS or PREVAIL-3, saying that this is the prerequisite for enrollment into the seven sub-studies being conducted by PREVAIL.
The on-going Eye and other sub-studies are taking place at the J.F.K. Hospital in Monrovia, the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville and the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County.