Sierra Leone will jail Ebola law violators. “A high level stakeholders meeting on Friday decided to jail the violators of the Ebola law. They will no longer be fined but jailed for six months. The Ebola law was designed to stop further spreading of the disease. Everyone has to follow and respect the government decision” The coordinator of Ebola Response center of the district, Raymond Kabia said.
Ebola law violators will be jailed in Sierra Leone
People who are hiding the diseased friends and family members in homes will be sent to jail for six months Raymond Kabia said in Port Loko, which is 74 miles north to the capital. “People who caught transporting sick in vehicles, those hiding people for traditional treatment and people who caught washing the bodies of diseased in sacred burials will be soon in jail without giving the option to fines” he added.
Raymond said that in the past we have fined the village headmen but people did not learn and still thinks it as a joke. This time we will punish all the Ebola law violators. President Ernest Bai Koroma has ordered lawmakers and all government ministers to stop spreading the disease further by visiting the affected villages. The Officials returned to the capital and blamed the herbalists for treating sick people assuming that the disease is due to witchcraft and sorcery. There are total 27,500 infections in Sierra Guinea and Liberia of which 11,200 have been fatal. The worst outbreak began in October in Sierra Leone.