Two persons suspected dead from the Ebola virus were found on Thursday, July 31 in separate rooms in a house at the Acheke Junction in the Neezo Community, Paynesville. Both persons died on Tuesday, July 29, according to an eyewitness.
Mr. Leo Massaquoi, who reported the incident to the Daily Observer, identified the deceased as Daniel King, a land dealer in the area, and King’s sister-in-law, a resident of the Barnersville Community.
He claims they died after allegedly falling ill to the Ebola virus.
The eyewitness further explained that the victims came in contact with the deadly virus when both of them, without the help of health workers, buried King’s mother-in-law.
According to Massaquoi, King’s mother-in-law had died in a taxi en route to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Sinkor, after she experienced severe vomiting.
After noticing the unusual death and burial, King’s neighbors decided to contact the Ebola response team.
“When the health workers went to inquire at King’s house,” Massaquoi narrated, “family members there refused to talk to them. They even claimed that the team was there because they wanted to remove the kidneys of King and the sister-in-law, if they followed the team to a nearby health facility for testing.”
The health workers, too, aggravated by the Kings’ rejection of their help, told the Kings and the community they were leaving and would not return.
That was Monday, July 28.
Unfortunately, Massaquoi said, the victims died the following day, Tuesday, in separate rooms in the house, with their family members, including King’s wife abandoning their bodies.
On Thursday, July 31, residents of the Neezoe community took to the street and blocked all of the roads “after several unanswered complaints for the Ministry of Health to remove the suspected Ebola’s bodies from their community,” Massaquoi said.
The community members say the abandoned bodies are posing a serious health hazard to the area.