The World Health Organisation (WHO) alleged that Ebola survivors are at risks of suffering possible blindness.
Dr Anders Nordstrom, WHO experts in Sierra Leone said;
“An emergency within an emergency the world has never seen such a large number of survivors from an Ebola outbreak.”
“We have 13,000 survivors in the three countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “This is new, both from a medical and from a societal point of view.”
An expert from WHO, Dr Daniel Bausch alleged that half of those who survived the virus now complain of severe pain and vision problems.
“Some are suffering such severe effects that they cannot work. “Eye problems including inflammation, impaired vision and in severe but rare cases blindness have been reported by about 25 per cent of survivors.”
“Sight problems, joint pain and headaches have been reported in a few survivors of previous outbreaks since the disease was first detected in 1976, but past epidemics were much smaller.This means that survivor numbers were too small to study or draw any meaningful scientific conclusions.”
He also alleged that Ebola survivors are prone to serious long-term problems such as increasing rates of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and social exclusion.
He therefore calls for close monitoring to Ebola survivors.