The World Health Organisation’s Regional Office on Africa, Tuesday posted a video on social media, showing the last Ebola patient living an Ebola treatment center in Beni, the epicenter of the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
An emotional day in #Beni #DRC as Masiko, the last #Ebola patient in DRC leaves the Ebola treatment centre in #Beni! Our @WHO team was delighted to share this victory with Masiko, @MinSanteRDC, our partners, & the people of Beni. pic.twitter.com/2OQ1N14x1e
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) March 3, 2020
This is a major milestone in the country’s fight against the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history.
Dr. Matshidiso the WHO’s regional director for Africa has applauded the tireless effort that has been made to respond to this Ebola outbreak, it is not yet the end of Ebola we must stay vigilant in the coming weeks and beyond, said in a statement.
Although the patient who is being identified as Masiko, has been allowed to leave, all those who has come in contact with her are still being monitored, according to WHO officials, who noted in a press release on Tuesday that “all the aspect of Ebola response are in place to make sure any new cases are detected quickly and treated.”
The end of the outbreak can only be established when no infection arise 42 days after the last reported case has tested negative.
Despite notes of caution from other doctors, Dr. Jean Cristophe Shako a Congolese epidemiologist who heads a local Ebola response team, told ABC news we are at the end of Ebola.