Sierra Leone Could Jail “Entire Families” in Ebola Crackdown
Sierra Leone warned Friday it would jail entire families if Ebola victims who appeared to have been washed after death were discovered in their homes.
The tradition of cleansing the dead before burials remains a major factor in the spread of the highly infectious virus, the government said, despite numerous appeals for Sierra Leoneans to refrain from the practice.
“When the family calls (the burial hotline) and it is proved that the corpse has been tampered with, we are going to quarantine the entire family or take them to holding centres for 21 days,” said Palo Conteh, head of the government’s National Ebola Response Centre.
“If they are negative, they will be taken to prison for a certain period under the state of emergency. If they are positive, we will send them for treatment.