Sierra Leone’s frontline aid workers count down to Ebola-free declaration

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sierra Leone is set to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday, when the west African nation will have gone 42 days without any new cases.

The world's worst recorded outbreak of the virus has infected more than 28,500 people and killed 11,300 in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it began in December 2013.

Liberia was declared free of Ebola for the second time on Sept. 3. However, Guinea is still battling the virus, while the case of Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey, the first known survivor to have an apparently life-threatening relapse, has revived fears about the health of some 17,000 survivors.

Ahead of the Ebola-free declaration in Sierra Leone, frontline aid workers share their thoughts.

Ngozi Kennedy is a health specialist at the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF)

The last week of this countdown was really a mix of joy and anxiety because as you get closer you're so hopeful, but with active cases in Guinea you still have a kind of fear: what if so close to the end there's suddenly a case? READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON MAIL ONLINE

 

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