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The last confirmed Ebola survivor in Liberia, a female, has been discharged from a Chinese-run Ebola Treatment Unit at the post-war country’s biggest national sports stadium in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

Beatrice Yardolo was discharged Thursday, March 5, 2015 from the Chinese Ebola treatment facility run at the Samuel Kanyon  Doe Sports Stadium in Paynesville, to the joy of Liberians.

Due to poor health system here, Liberia led the three worst Ebola affected countries in West Africa, including Sierra Leone and Guinea. The virus killed roughly 10,000 victims in the region since it rapidly spread from Guinea across regional borders last year.

But compared to neighboring Gunea and Sierra Leone, Liberia has of late, experienced a drastic decline of new infection, leading to the reopening of borders, schools and allowing contractors to resume operations on projects that were stalled last year during the peak of the deadly epidemic.

Liberian health authorities say with the discharge of Beatrice on Thursday, there has been no new confirmed case in any ETU throughout the country in the last 13 days.

The United Nations Mission Emergency Ebola Response or UNMEER chief in Liberia, Madam Rose Linda Barbuto, says Madam Beatrice’s survival, and the survival of thousands of Liberians is testimony to the resilience of the Liberian people, surviving Ebola is no easy task.

“There’s no doubt this is a great achievement. But, we’re not there yet. We must stay focused. We must continue to wash our hands, seek medical care early when we’re sick and when they pass, bury our loved ones safely,” she cautioned on the day of Beatrice’s discharge.

The UN envoy called for the upgrading of health facilities and ensuring that healthcare centers meet infection prevention and control standards so all Liberians can receive quality services and healthcare workers can be kept safe.
 
While celebrating the survival of Beatrice Yardolo and the collective achievement of the government and partners, the UNMEER Officer –In-Charge Madam Barbuto, warned against forgetting “the road we traveled to get to this point.”

By Winston W. Parley

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