Sierra Leone discharged its last Ebola patient on Aug. 25. She is 35-year-old Adama Sankoh.
Sierra Leone has discharged its last Ebola patient.
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The country released 35-year-old Adama Sankoh from the International Medical Corps on Aug. 24. IFLScience.com's Aama Mohdin confirmed the report.
This is the first time Sierra Leone has had no Ebola cases since May 2014. The International Medical Corps UK reported on the development on Monday.
The government will declare Sierra Leoene Ebola-free if there are no new cases in the next 42 days.
Sankoh got the disease from her son. The latter passed away last month. Sankoh left the treatment center in high spirits. She was "singing and dancing along with the medical team,' per Mohdin.
IMC emergency medical director Vanessa Wolfman described Sankoh's disposition to BBC:
"She was escorted out from the inside of the high-risk zone by our staff members who were wearing full personal protective equipment .She came out through the discharge shower and arrived to singing and dancing and clapping.
"There was a big celebration, so everyone was extremely happy."
Sierra Leone president Ernest Bai Koroma presented her with a certificate, per IFLScience.com.
"The Ebola fight is not yet over -- go and tell members of your community that," Koroma told Sahkoh.
Sean Casey of the West Africa Ebola Response International Medical Corp shares Koroma's sentiments. He spoke with InternationalMedicalCorps.org.uk:
"This is not the end of the fight against Ebola. Today begins the 42-day countdown, which if no new cases are confirmed, then we can declare Sierra Leone Ebola-free. We have seen many setbacks before, and nobody should be complacent about the challenge that lies ahead for the people of Sierra Leone.
"But today is without doubt a day of celebration and reflection on the thousands of lives lost during this devastating crisis.
"Across West Africa, in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, International Medical Corps is working with communities and governments to ensure that we can, in the near future, genuinely declare this Ebola outbreak over and help people to rebuild.
"Just as important are our efforts to build the resilience of communities against future outbreaks so the whole region, including in Mali and Guinea-Bissau are better prepared for outbreaks in the future."
BBC's Tulip Mazumdar says 28 people are still quarantined in Sierra Leone. Doctors are monitoring their conditions until the end of the week.
There are also three new Ebola cases in neighboring Guinea, per BBC.
OB Sisay is the director the National Ebola Response Centre's situation room. He told Sisay he is concerned about Guinea:
"We might have hidden cases, so we have to continue to be vigilant, continue our surveillance, maintain our discipline of hand-washing and temperature checks, screeing and avoiding overcrowding.
"We are very worried (about Guinea). We are fervently hoping that our cousins there will make the same progress as we have...Guinea's problem is our problem."
Malaria symptoms are like those of Ebola. Health workers are suspecting some hidden cases may arise, per BBC.
NERC will continue to be vigilant. It will also practice anti-Ebola burial practices for the next three months, per BBC.
At the moment, there are 10 health centers in Sierra Leone. The Ministry of Health is trying to determine how many it will maintain, per Mazumdar.
An estimated 11,000 people have died due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Four thousand were in Sierra Leone alone, per IFLScience.com.
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