There was wild jubilation in the rural community of Itipo in the Democratic Republic of Congo as Rev. Lucien Ambunga, the Catholic priest who got infected with Ebola survived the deadly virus.
When he was diagnosed with Ebola last month, Father Ambunga was taken to the town of Bikoro where there is an Ebola treatment centre in the general hospital and was quarantined. He was given a clean bill of health late last month, but stayed on in Bikoro to recover further.
After his recovery, he returned to Itipo last Friday and was greeted by a joyous crowd, who carried him on their shoulders and chanted “The hero this year is Courage (Father Ambunga’s nickname).”
The Catholic priest celebrated his first Sunday mass since he returned to his parish on 8 June, after recovering from Ebola.
In a statement to WHO, he stressed how moved he was to be back: “I can’t explain to you now Madame. It’s too much for me,” said Father Lucien. “What I can say, what is in my heart, is joy.“