Liberia is now declared Ebola Virus Free by its government and World Health Organization after 40 days without a new case of the Deadly Virus, which killed more than 4,000 people
However, celebrations were muted by thoughts for the dead and medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) urged vigilance until the worst outbreak of the disease ever recorded was also extinguished in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who toured Ebola treatment units in the Monrovia, said that, while Liberia could take pride in winning the battle against the Ebola Virus is not finished.
“At times when you are at your worst, it is when you become your best. That was what happened to us,” she said during a speech at the country’s incident management center. “The task is not yet over.The challenge is that we stay at zero.”
Liberia was records hundreds of new cases a within week at the peak of the outbreak between August to October
The U.S sent in hundreds Troops to build treatment clinics in country founded by freed U.S. slaves, a move seen as a game changer in the battle to stem the disease
The White House welcomed the news as a milestone for Liberians but cautioned there was more work to be done in Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Also critical in Liberia was the government’s national awareness campaign to educate Liberians on how to protect themselves from Ebola.
“It is a tribute to the government and people of Liberia that determination to defeat Ebola never wavered, courage never faltered,” Alex Gasasira, the WHO’s representative in Monrovia, said