Dr. WILLOUGHBY has been laid to eternal rest. His soul has been added to the countless precious souls Sierra Leone has lost to Ebola….. may he rest in perfect peace.
We hope and pray that this epidemic can show us its back now so that we can be able to embark on post outbreak rehabilitation and resuscitation projects for the benefit of the survivors. We want to see Sierra Leone back on track in terms of development. We want to celebrate Christmas, New Year, Easter, Ramadan and Ed-Adha like any other secular state in the world. We want freedom of movement without being molested or harassed at road blocks. We want to go to hospitals when sick without being afraid of contracting any virus. We want to kiss and caress our beloved ones without being skeptical about their health. We want to shake hands ritualistically when greeting each other. We want to stop and eat in the traditional restaurants at Moyamba Junction when travelling to the interiors. We want to conduct our usual traditional funerals for our deceased relatives.
Meanwhile, I was just wondering how ethical it was to see such a massive crowd of unprotected sympathizers following Dr. Willoughby’s body to the cemetery. Are we treating Ebola deaths with the seriousness they deserve regardless the status of the deceased?
The WHO in recommending that people who die from Ebola should be promptly and safely buried, notes that cremation, which is the application of high temperature to reduce bodies to basic chemical components (ashes), is ideal for safe disposal of bodies of such persons in order to minimise further transmission.
While neighboring Liberia continue to cremate Ebola victims in order to eliminate the infinitesimal chance of infecting others, we are following our own bodies to the necropolis for befitted burial? How can we believe that our authorities are really sincere in the war on Ebola?
I was just thinking out of the box….