Via Awareness Times: Sierra Leone News: Okada Rider Trapped for Trafficking Ebola Patient. the full report and then a comment:
A Motor bike rider Sheku Mansaray of Komende Luyama in the Lower Bambara who carried an Ebola patient from Levuma Yawei in the Kailahun district to Komende Luyama in the Lower Bambara chiefdom, Kenema district has been captured based on intelligence reports reaching the police and is presently placed under quarantine for twenty one days.
Sheku Mansaray, owner of the bike under custody with registration number AGB 811 was tracked down by security personnel attached to Komende epicenter after going into hiding for about a week.
It was revealed to this press that the said bike rider visited an Ebola zone in Kailahun district and brought home one Ebola patient who died few days later and was buried by the community people without due precautions.
Sources say since that time the people of Komende have experienced an upsurge in Ebola cases which led to the quarantining of eighteen people in that village.
Amara Margai a military officer at the Komende Epicenter said the people of that community have proved very stubborn and prefer to stay in their houses and die with the disease.
He said they had to force sick people to leave their houses at gunpoint behind before they could move to the quarantine centre.
The District Health Education Officer who is also head of the District Social Mobilization Team on Ebola commended the Police and the Military for their hard work in tracking down the bike rider.
He promised the people of Komende luyama that the District Ebola task force will continue to monitor the people of that community until the situation is put under control.
Mr. John Akar of the Pharmacy Board Of Sierra Leone who is also a member of the District Social Mobilization Team advised the people to report anybody found with signs and symptoms of Ebola including fever and head ache.
He informed the people that anyone found contravening the laws of Ebola will be dealt with according to law.
John Akar said the bike rider under police custody after serving his quarantine period, will face the full force of the law.
If you have to drive sick people at gunpoint to hospital, you have not just an Ebola outbreak but a major health-communications problem.