The UN World Health Organization has announced that the West African country of Guinea is now officially free of Ebola.
Now Liberia is the only country that is still plagued by the disease. It is expected that Liberia will be declared Ebola free in January 2016.
Al Jazeera reports that locals in Guinea have good and bad feelings about the news, as the disease has finally come to an end after approximately two years of the outbreak. However, it already claimed over 2,500 lives and reap immense damage in the country’s economy as well as in its health and education divisions.
According to Al Jazeera:
Ebola has orphaned about 6,200 children in Guinea, said Rene Migliani, an official at the national coordination centre for the fight against Ebola.
There were more than 3,800 Ebola cases in Guinea out of the more than 28,600 cases during the epidemic.
A total of about 11,300 people died, according to WHO figures.
Ebola has been combated by a classic health strategy of identifying people with the virus, containing those who were in close proximity to them, and ensuring that health workers rigorously follow a strict protocol on wearing protective clothing to prevent direct contact with the patient.
Countries are declared free of the Ebola virus after 42 days of recovery or once the last patient has died while there are no new infections.
Tomorrow, the Guinean government will gather with representatives of donor nations and NGOs to have an official ceremony commemorating the lives of those killed by Ebola including the health workers who fell ill or were murdered by scared, hostile locals in the rural village of Womey in September 2014.