Last Ebola patient released from treatment center in Sierra Leone

By Editorial Board - 25 August 2015 at 10:51 am
Adama Sankoh, 40, centre,  who contracted Ebola after her son died from the disease late last month stands with health officials the moment after she was discharge from Mateneh  Ebola treatment center outskirt of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, Health authorities in Sierra Leone released the country's last known Ebola patient from the hospital on Monday, a milestone that allows the nation to begin a 42-day countdown to being declared free of the virus that has killed nearly 4,000 people here. (AP Photo/Alie Turay)

© AP Photo/Alie Turay

Yesterday it was reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the last known Ebola patient was released in Sierra Leone.

The BBC reported that the 35-year-old, Adama Sankoh, was discharged on Monday morning for a treatment center in the northern Bombali district.

Whilst Sierra Leone has not reported a new infection in over two week, according to the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), its neighbor, Guinea, has had a few cases confirmed.

Sierra Leone now starts its 42-day countdown to Ebola-free status. The period must pass with no new cases of the disease in order for the WHO to declare the country Ebola-free.

Politicians, health workers and people coming to support Sankoh danced and celebrated as she left the treatment center.

“It was like she was a rock star. There were at least 100 people there – politicians, press – everyone wanting a photograph of her,” an International Medical Corps (IMC) spokesman said.

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