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PREVAIL Holds 2nd Community Engagement In Weala
MONROVIA, December 6 (LINA) - Over 200 persons, including local, traditional and religious leaders, as well as youth and women groups and Ebola survivors have participated in the second community engagement organized by the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL) in Weala, Margibi County.
Speaking at the day-long gathering, the Clinical Coordinator of the Bong County Health Team, Mr. John G. Gleekiah, called on participants to help spread messages about the on-going Ebola Natural History Study (ENHS) to surrounding communities to enhance the success of the clinical research.
Gleekiah, who is a Physician Assistant, told participants that the on-going clinical research is to determine causes of post-Ebola medical complications being faced by Ebola survivors and possible treatment.
He added that findings from the study will establish a strong medical ground to deal with the disease in case of any future outbreak in Liberia and other parts of the world.
Similar PREVAIL led advocacy program was held on July 22 in close link with PREVAIL outreach and communication team, encouraging Ebola survivors who enrolled in the ENHS to lure their close contacts into the study.
Also speaking,, PREVAIL Lead on Advocacy, Mr. J. Boye Cooper, admonished participants to enroll in the newly-launched PREVAIL-4 medical study at the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville, following screening at the J.F.K. Medical Center in Sinkor.
The study is aimed at getting rid of particles of the Ebola virus also known as the Persistent Virus from the semen of male Ebola survivors.
He emphasized that the PREVAIL-4 study is exclusively intended for male Ebola survivors to determine whether there is semblance of the Ebola virus in their semen and whether the virus particles can affect its hosts.
Also speaking at this program, Mr. George Coker of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LPC) 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 pointed out that the enrollment of Ebola survivors, which began in June 2015 at the JFK Hospital in Sinkor, has so far yielded fruitful results with a sizeable number of Ebola survivors and their close contacts enrolling in the research.
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, Lumba Puncture, Birth Cohorts and Vaginal Swipe.