CHIEFDOM BY-LAWS TO ERADICATE EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE
I. Nobody shall conceal any person who is sick from any disease or lie about the nature or progression of the disease. All illnesses must be reported to competent health officials promptly. Any person(s) guilty of such concealment or untruth shall be liable to a fine of up to Le300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Leones)[US$68.65].
II. It is an offence for any sick person in the community, who has been judged by competent health authorities and a representative of the Paramount Chief to warrant testing for the Ebola Virus, to refuse such tests. Any such person and any accomplice who aid in the frustration of public health intervention, shall be liable for a fine of up to L300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Leones) per person.
III. No person shall use vulgar language or engage in any act calculated to intimidate or obstruct Contact Tracers, Community Mobilizers, Ebola Burial Teams, or any other healthcare personnel. Any person guilty of this offence shall be liable to a fine of up to Le100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Leones) for each offence, with each instance of each healthcare personnel so intimidated counting as a separate offence.
IV. All strangers arriving in each residential area shall be immediately reported by their hosts to competent authorities having the rank of at least a Quarter Chief or Speaker, who shall assign that stranger to a Contact Tracer for monitoring up to a period of 3 weeks. Such a stranger, whether a family member or not, must be hosted as a possible carrier of the Ebola virus until the end of the 3-week monitoring period. Any person who knowingly harbors an unregistered stranger is liable to a fine of up to Le300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Leones) for each day the stranger remains unreported. Any stranger who deliberately refuses to cooperate in this monitoring program shall be liable to a fine of up to Le300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Leones), immediate expulsion from the community and/or isolation in community detention facilities for the required monitoring period.
V. All Chiefs including Quarter Chiefs, Town/Village Chiefs, Section Chiefs and their Speakers are required to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of these emergency Bye-Laws within their jurisdiction. Any Chief of the ranks listed above who has been found negligent in the enforcement of these laws within his jurisdiction, is liable to a fine of up to Le300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Leones) and/or summary suspension from office.
VI. All patients successfully treated for the Ebola Virus Disease shall, upon return to their home communities, report and present their Discharge Cards to the Paramount Chief or his designee within 12 hours of return. Failure to do so shall attract a fine of up to Le50,000 (Fifty Thousand Leones)[US%11.44].
VII. Patients treated and recovered from Ebola Virus Disease shall be welcomed within their home communities without any stigma. Any person performing an act calculated to stigmatize such a recovered patient shall be liable to a fine of up to Le100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Leones)[US$22.88].
3 Kailahun Chiefdoms Ebola By Laws
VIII. Any person testing positive for the Ebola virus shall be placed in isolation away from other members of the community, including family members. The members of any household from which such a person resided or visited in the period immediately prior to being diagnosed, shall be placed under strict medical surveillance for a period of 21 days.
IX. Anyone found guilty of knowingly misinforming the public or healthcare workers or Chiefdom Authorities of any matter related to Ebola Virus Disease, is guilty of an offence punishable by a fine of up to L300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Leones).
X. Notwithstanding the fines and other punishment described for offences in the foregoing paragraphs (I through IX), Chiefdom Authorities reserve the right to pursue further legal action in the Local Courts or courts of higher jurisdiction, for particularly flagrant violations of these By Laws.