Clinic provides post-Ebola medical services, treatment in Monrovia

Dr. Moses Soka runs the newly opened Ebola Suvivors Clinic in Monrovia | Courtesy of the WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that an Ebola Survivors Clinic has opened in Monrovia, Liberia, on Wednesday.

The clinic is located at the Redemption Hospital in the capital. Many patients that are seen are survivors of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and as a result experience what are called "post-Ebola" symptoms, which include dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, joint pain, among other things.

Treatment at the clinic is not limited to the symptoms, they are also informed of best practices in hygiene and other areas to ensure that spread of the disease does not occur, especially if it is in the environment.

Dr. Moses Soka, leading physician at the clinic, said that many who seek treatment due so because of the difficulty of returning to work as a result of post-infection symptoms. The WHO estimates that there are 5,000 EVD survivors in Liberia. There are currently four survivors facilities operating.

It has been shown that remnants of the Ebola virus can remain after the infection is finished within the eyes and in the semen of male survivors. The clinic also offers screenings for sexually active males so that they can avoid transmitting the Ebola virus to their partners.

"Beyond treatment of the symptoms, there are many things we simply do not understand about what happens to these patients after they are cured," WHO representative of Liberia Alex Gasasira said. "These clinics not only provide support for the patients, but provide valuable research data to help us determine the cause and best course of treatment."