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Failure to quarantine Ebola suspected houses…

New England Ville community in fear

OCTOBER 31, 2014  By Alusine Sesay

Two adjacent houses located at the hillside community of New England Ville, which registered confirmed Ebola deaths, have still remained open to the public thus creating fear in the minds of residents.

It has taken three weeks since laboratory test confirmed that a boy had died of Ebola in one of the houses. An inventory of residents was taken by the surveillance team, who told anxious community residents that both houses would be quarantined, but nothing has been done in this regard.

The case fatality has since increased to two after a girl recently died of Ebola in the same house, with panicking residents deserting the house.

What has heightened fear in the minds of residents is that four people within the two households have fallen sick and have been taken to an Ebola treatment centre. But both houses still remain open to the public with residents moving in and out freely.

According to one of the worried residents, Mohamed Koroma, they have raised series of concerns to health authorities who have done nothing about the issue.

He charged that government was being negligent and insincere about the fight against the dreaded Ebola, which has claimed the lives of more than a thousand Sierra Leoneans.

“This clearly shows that the government is not serious about eradicating Ebola in this country. The surveillance officers have been here twice and have sprayed both compounds, but the place still remains open to the public,” he said.

Meanwhile, community members have called on the authorities concerned to take prompt action or else the worst could happen.