The socio-economic status of Ebola survivors in montserrado county, Liberia: A clinical survey

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Author: 
Hasipha C. Tarpeh
Subject Area: 
Social Sciences and Humanities
Abstract: 

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is endemic to West Africa, Liberia is no exception. The EVD was first discovered in the Congo basin in 1976. The first outbreak of Ebola (Ebola-Sudan) infected over 284 people, with a mortality rate of 53%. A second attack occurred later the same year when 318 people were affected in Zaire (EBOZ), with the highest mortality rate of the Ebola virus disease at 88% of the infected population. Efforts were made, but the Ebola’s natural reservoir was never identified. Subsequently, the third strain of Ebola, called Ebola Reston (EBOR), was first identified in 1989 when infected monkeys were imported into Reston, Virginia, from Mindanao in the Philippines. Since then, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been endemic in those regions it was first discovered. The overall objective of this research work is to determine the socio-economic status of the many survivors who finds themselves in hard to bear situations and to identify the health challenges they face as a result of their exposure to the Ebola virus disease. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are deployed in this research to establish the socioeconomic status as well their health challenges as a result of their exposure to the EVD. Research results show that Ebola survivors are faced with numerous socio-economic problems ranging from stigmatization to denial of basic social services. As a result of the many recurrent health challenges they face originating from their exposure to the disease, many survivors are physically challenged. It is therefore concluded that the Ebola survivors are continuously stigmatized, thus resulting into untold sufferings couple with persistent health problems among which eye condition is prominent. This is all due to their exposure to the EVD.

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