A heated argument broke out last Friday in Kakata, Margibi County, over two caskets that were being transported up country for burial. The Ebola burial team in Margibi County along with police officers stopped the movement of the corpses en route to Nimba and Bong counties respectively, by families of the deceased and demanded that they be interred in Margibi or returned to Monrovia.
Following the commotion, the Margibi County Surveillance Officer, Mr. Leroy Maximore, said following the deadly Ebola outbreak in the County, the government along with the county health team agreed not to have movement of corpses for burial in other counties, but that the county burial team must conduct all burials.
He said it is based upon said agreement that the hospital doesn’t allow anybody to be buried without the involvement burial team in the county.
“We agreed not to allow people to transport dead bodies following the quarantine of Lofi town when a female corpse was transported from Monrovia to Lofi town which created serious outbreak and led to over 20,000 people quarantined.”
He described the death certificates that were presented to the health team as fake documents and there were no other solution but that the bodies be taken back to Monrovia or buried in Margibi by the county burial team.
Rev. Dennis Favour Krah, a family member of one of the deceased, demanded that his deceased will be buried in Gbarnga, Bong County, as planned by members of the family.
He said the county health team was not observing the right procedure for those who are transferring their deceased to other counties for burial.
“Why are they not stopping Jonny Lewis’ family from transporting the deceased to Sinoe County? Our deceased are did not die from Ebola, we agreed that they do a test that will prove that the bodies are not Ebola dead, but there is no test done here and we must bury our loved ones to where we want them be buried,” Rev. Dennis said in anger.
He disclosed that the death certificates, which prove that they have the right to transfer their loved ones, were given them by the Health Ministry.
Late Sunday evening, Dr. Maximore disclosed that, following more commotion coming from the frustrated mourners of the deceased, one of the groups agreed to bury their corpse in Margibi while the other group decided to return to Monrovia with their corpse.