QUARANTINED RESIDENTS ESCAPE WITH IMPUNITY

he strict stance taken by the Government and other development partners to curb the Ebola scourge in the country is not yielding the desired dividend due to the negative attitude of certain individuals.

Reports reaching us state that residents whose homes have been quarantined in Lunsar, Marampa Chiefdom in Port Loko district, are secretly abandoning their homes in search of food and other places of refuge, due to the lack of adequate security deployment.

These individuals blatantly defy the local laws by escaping with their sick relatives and friends to nearby villages in search of traditional cure.

Speaking to the African news outlet, NewsWatch through a mobile phone, Amadu Kabia of 10 Siaka Steven Street in Lunsar, revealed that most of the quarantined homes he visited lack adequate police officers and soldiers to man them.

He maintained that the Ebola situation in Lunsar is very serious especially due to this negative development in which certain individuals are escaping from quarantined homes for nearby villages.

Isatu Conteh, a petty trader in Lunsar also expressed similar frustration, noting that the Ebola situation in Marampa Chiefdom is severe, adding that their brothers and sisters are losing their lives on a daily basis.

She called on the authorities concerned to strengthen the security in quarantined homes to curtail the deadly scourge.

According to the newly constitution National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), Port Loko accounts for 480 laboratory confirmed EVD cases, and is third in the infection rate after Western Area (905) and Kailahun (550).

The NERC states that a total of 713 previously infested patients have survived the disease and have been released.

Alhaji Ibrahim Kargbo, the Special Adviser to President Koroma, who also serves as a member of the Ebola Media Task Force, said in one of the radio stations in Freetown that certain people in Makeni are also abandoning their quarantined homes going to their respective work places.

He expressed dismay over such attitude, adding that it would lead to the uncontrollable spread of the disease if people continue to abandon quarantined homes mingling with other members of the public.

It is not known what new mechanisms have been put in place to curb the rate at which people are abandoning these quarantined homes across the country

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.