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Friday, 28 August 2015
Watch: Sierra Leone Health Workers Perform Rap Celebrating the Release of Last Ebola Patient
It is hoped this marks the beginning of the country being declared Ebola-free
Dressed in their bright yellow Ebola overalls, these health workers perform a rap in front of fellow colleagues in Sierra Leone.
They are celebrating the country's last Ebola patient being discharged from hospital - and the beginning of the end of the epidemic.
On Monday 35-year-old Adama Sankoh made her way out of the hospital after making a full recovery from Ebola.
As the final Ebola patient, her release marked the beginning of a 42-day countdown for Sierra Leone to be declared totally free of the virus.
Medical staff cheered and played drums in a special ceremony for Ms Sankoh.
Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma attended the ceremony, which saw a red carpet brought out in Ms Sankoh's honour.
She marked her recovery by adding her hand print to the survivors wall at the Mateneh Ebola Treatment Centremark in Makeni.
Ms Sankoh is believed to have contracted the disease from her son who died last month.
She said: "Although my child died of Ebola I am very happy that I have survived today."
She will now be able to return home to Massessebeh, her village in the north of the country, which was quarantined for three weeks to contain the infection.
It is hoped her departure from hospital will mark the end of the country's epidemic.
More than 28,000 people in West Africa became infected with Ebola in just 18 months and more than one third of patients - around 11,200 - died.
In May, neighbouring Liberia was declared Ebola-free but fresh cases appeared within a couple of months.
Guinea, where the epidemic began at the end of 2013, is still grappling with a small number of cases.
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