DR Congo has cleared the last Ebola patient as fully cured of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
The cured woman, known as Masiko, was discharged from the treatment centre in Beni,
WHO Regional Director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said in a Tweet “There are currently zero cases of #Ebola in #DRC after over a year of fighting this outbreak”
“So proud of all involved in the response. We are hopeful, yet cautiously optimistic that we will soon bring this outbreak to an end”.
A video of Masiko leaving the facility to the cheers of a waiting crowd was widely shared on social media.
The milestone comes amid reports of more and more countries increasingly experiencing cases of respiratory disease caused by a new strain of the coronavirus,
The virus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan late in 2019. To date, more than 60 additional countries have been affected.
DR Congo is leveraging the capacity they have built up to test for Ebola, to test for COVID-19”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the meeting. “This is a great example of how investing in health systems can pay dividends for health security.”