A Liberian woman who recently became the country’s first Ebola patient in nearly a month ago has reportedly died.
This latest case reportedly dashed the hopes of the Liberian people when the news broke out after Liberia had gone 28 days when news about the woman filtered in the media.
In a boost to Liberia’s efforts, the frontline Doctors Without Borders (MSF) aid agency announced it was stopping its work at a 250-bed Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, the largest in the country due to the reported decrease in the number of Ebola cases.
“The cessation of activities will allow MSF to prepare the structure for the handover to the Liberian Ministry of Health,” the group said in a statement, adding that it would remain vigilant and ready to respond in case the number of Ebola cases rises again.
Liberia has recorded more than 4,000 Ebola deaths but was at an advanced stage of recovery, expecting to be declared Ebola-free by mid-April before the latest case in the capital, Monrovia.
During a visit to the JFK Hospital recently, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thanked God that only one person had been identified so far, an official statement said.
“So far, we’re very pleased with their response and the ability to contain the virus,” the statement said, quoting Sirleaf as saying.
Since the outbreak in December 2013, 24,753 people in nine countries have been infected with the virus, and 10,236 of them have died, according to the latest figures.