Mr. John G. Gleekiah, a physician assistant, wants residents of rural communities to not just attend awareness programs in support of the study, but be in the position to spread the word to others.
Gleekiah is a resident of Weala, who works in Bong County on the health team.
“On behalf of local health officials here, I would like to thank PREVAIL and the LCP team for this awareness and I want to urge all of you the participants to see this as your own program,” he said.
He was speaking during a community engagement meeting held in New Weala, Margibi County recently which brought together over 200 participants from Weala and surrounding areas.
According to Mr. Gleekiah, research on the deadly Ebola Virus would help establish a strong medical ground which would better prepare Liberia and the world at large in dealing with future outbreaks.
Also speaking at the meeting, a Representative of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace, Daniel Bumie, urged residents of Weala and nearby towns and villages to encourage Ebola survivors to enroll in the PREVAIL-3.
The Natural History study, according to Mr. Bumie, is the prerequisite for enrollment into other sub-studies being conducted by the US-Liberia joint clinical research partnership (PREVAIL).
The on-going birth cohort, eye and other sub-studies are taking place at the John
F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia, the Duport Road Health Center in Paynesville and the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County.
The study is a five-year research initiative for Ebola Survivors and their ‘close contacts’ which is being conducted by PREVAIL.
The community engagement in Weala was the second of two held in Margibi County by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace in collaboration with the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia.
Participants at the forum included Ebola Survivors, traditional and religious leaders, youths and other stakeholders who came from various villages and towns to Dolo Town for the meeting.