Via Awareness Times: Aggrieved Kingtom Residents Plead for Proper Burial of Ebola Victims. I believe Kingtom is a Freetown neighbourhood. Excerpt:
Over three thousand aggrieved Men, Women, Youths and Children coming from the four corners of the Kingtom community converged at the Kaitty Field on Thursday 20th August to vent out their grievances and concerns about the way and manner in which those dying of Ebola are being buried.
According to them, they do not feel it is properly done as it will leave the community stigmatized. The other concern is that it will create a phobia in mourners as they attend funerals of non-Ebola victims. Even at the end of this crisis, they complained there will still be the fear that they might be infected at the particular cemetery.
To ensure that they do not suffer from these horrors, they used the forum to plead to His Excellency the President through the line Ministries, concerned stakeholders and the Honorable Member of Parliament representing Constituency 108 Hon. Dr. Michel Sho-Sawyer to ensure that the burial site is well taken care of. The people suggested that, a fence should also be constructed dividing the Ebola burial area from the other part of the cemetery.
Chairing the meeting, the Vice Chairman Mr. Joe Elliot said the Kingtom community is presently at risk. He said no one is safe because of manners in which the Ebola victims are buried which in their opinion is not properly done. He added that, everyone residing at Kingtom who plies the route along Bolling street cemetery is liable to contract the virus.
Mr. Elliot said, Ebola corpses are supposed to be buried in a secluded area where no one has access to and not where there are schools, factories and hospitals etc. He pleaded with the mammoth crowd to exercise patience as they as executive are doing all they can to let government and those concerned see reasons and provide a specific location to do the burial of Ebola victims. The construct a fence around were those that have already been buried is necessary for proper identification as a no go area.
Mr. Foray Kalokoh, a carpenter who resides at Kolleh Town, adjacent to the Ebola Burial Site vehemently expressed dismay over the depth they dig to bury the Ebola victims, as according to him it is usually between 2 ft to 3ft deep and most times two bodies are placed in one grave which he has witnessed himself. He furthered that, he always use his tape rule to measure the length of the grave which is always 2 ft and sometimes 3 ft which has placed the whole Kingtom community at risk.
Mr. Kalokoh furthered that, he always witnesses when the Ebola dead bodies are carried on stretchers to be buried and how the disinfectants drop along the roads. He informed that, he has also witnessed one burial were a member of the burial team failed to drop his gloves in the grave and placed it on the road, adding that the following day another member of the team also washed his boot in water from the gutter along the road. He appealed for proper monitoring of the process of burial to ensure the health and sanity for the people of Kingtom.
Making a statement, the Chairman of the Kingtom Club Union Mr. Osman Dumbuya Jalloh said since they started they have already buried over 20 Ebola victims, which according to him, does not tell well for the community. He said, they have been in contact with the cemetery staff to find out how the burials are being done and how often.
He called on government through the Health Ministry to be monitoring the burial process to ensure that it is done properly, for the not only the good of Kingtom but the country as a whole.