There was wild jubilation in the rural community of Itipo in the Democratic Republic of Congo as Rev. Father Lucien Ambunga, the Catholic priest who got infected with Ebola survived the deadly virus.

Rev. Ambunga who was diagnosed with Ebola virus last month was taken to Ebola treatment centre in the general hospital in Bikoro where he was quarantined.

After his swift 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).”

According to reports, the Catholic priest celebrated his first Sunday (June 10) mass since he returned to his parish on 8 June, after recovering from Ebola.

In a statement to WHO, he said:“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.“

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