Guinea, the West African country, worst hit by Ebola virus was declared free from its affliction with only Liberia as the nation still waiting to end the epidemic completely. More than 2,500 people died in Guinea when ebola struck the country. However, no new infections have surfaced since 42 days which is the time taken by the virus for development in between the two incubation cycles. WHO officials made the declaration after no fresh reports of infection turned up with the last known ebola patient, a three-week girl-testing negative for the virus in November, according to The New York Times.
Ebola Damaged Economy, Education and Health Sectors
Citizens in Conakry, the capital of Guinea greeted the declaration from the WHO officials with mixed feelings. The Ebola virus has claimed many lives and damaged the country’s health, economy and education sectors, and Guineans are yet to recover from this unexpected loss. Medecins Sans Frontieres Belgium’s Fanta Oulen Camara said that several members of her family are dead, and the situation has taught everyone that the fight must be continued for those who are alive and trying to survive the virus attack.
The Ebola virus outbreak came to the notice when an infant, Emile Ouamouno from the poorest country in the world, Guinea became the first victim of it in December 2013. The viral fever spread rapidly and terrifyingly entered Liberia and Sierra Leone, the two other Western African countries. Some incidences of the outbreak were also reported from other African countries such as Senegal, Mali and Nigeria.
Time for Celebration
A nurse, treating Liberia’s Ebola patients and working as a professor at the Mailman School of Public Health of the Columbia University, Susan Michaels-Strasser said that it is a time for celebration as people are daily fighting against terrible living conditions for survival. According to her, everyone should feel guilty because the warning signs were always there but no measures were taken to restrict the outbreak.
A declaration ceremony will be organized to announce the complete evacuation of the virus in which foreign representatives, NGOs and government officials will participate.