Corpses with the Ebola virus are now being buried by the Sierra Leone Red Cross in Kailahun by professional teams, who are being shunned by their communities.
The leader of the burial team, Patrick Massaquoi, told Awoko that the volunteers who mostly work outside their communities are being discriminated against, just the same as the nurses and other health personnel.
Even shops refuse to sell to them as well,” he said.
Some of them, he also disclosed are being evicted from their homes as landlords no longer tolerate health personnel out of fear that they carry the Ebola virus.
However, he said that the volunteers still show willingness to work in Kailahun and corpses are removed from houses, farms and hospitals, he said.
“We go anywhere there is a corpse fully dressed with protective clothing and graves are dug beyond eight feet. First the area where the corpse has been found and the corpse itself are disinfected. We call a family member to be present and we put the bodies in two bags before moving to disinfect the house as well and his personal effects which are dumped into the grave after the corpse and our clothing have been put in too. He noted that from 17th July to date they had buried about 100 bodies in Kailahun and the Red Cross will soon start operations in Kenema.
Monday August 24, 2014