Sierra Leone's last confirmed Ebola patient has been discharged from hospital.
Adama Sankoh danced down a red carpet to the cheers President Ernest Bai Koroma and a crowd of over 100. Ms. Sankoh contracted Ebola last month when her son became ill and died of the disease. She has tested negative for the disease twice.
For Sierra Leone to be declared "Ebola-Free," Ms. Sankoh must continue to test negative for 42 days and no new cases can occur.
Health officials caution that while that this is a significant milestone in the epidemic, caution must still be exercised. Prevention measures should still be exercised. Liberia as declared "Ebola-Free" only to have the disease resurge. In addition, a new case of Eola was confirmed in Guinea over the weekend.
The first case of Ebola in Sierra Leone was reported in May 2014. To date, Ebola has claimed the lives of 3,586 of the 8,697 people confirmed to have contracted the disease in Sierra Leone.
Thanks to partners the Krio Descendants Union, the Northern Texas - Nortnern Louisiana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and MediSend International, two cargo containers of food and supplies have thus far been distributed in Sierra Leone.