After 28 days in quarantine the last four high risk family members of late Marie Jalloh were yesterday Thursday 11th February 2016 released to unite with other family members in a very low key as was expected to be the country’s last suspected Ebola cases.
What was expected by many residents in Tonkolili district especially Magburaka town was that the occasion for the release of the last quarantined cases in the country were expected to be a national function only if the said Ebola case ever existed as was confirmed by the Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh as a case that ‘Never was.’
The low key ceremony attracted few people including the ONS, Paramount Chief, few youth, family members and the District Medical Officer (DMO) with words of caution and appeal.
The four released persons from quarantine including the grandmother of deceased, her mother, elder brother and daughter who, after reuniting with their family members at their Mabomb Street granted their first interview to Awoko Newspaper.
Grandmother of deceased, Ya Mary Kamara squarely blamed government for not only embarrassing her family but also for putting shame on them for what they are not knowledgeable of because, according to her, they were quarantined for no good reason.
She said before they were taken to the high risk quarantined house all their personal belongings including dresses, business and household utensils were burnt for an alleged Ebola which according to her was a mere ploy by government and WHO to embarrass them.
The old woman said the only way they can forgive government and its partner for the shame on her family is when they would have been adequately compensated because her children’s school materials were burnt including their shoes, books, bags and even dresses of her daughters and sons that were quarantined.
The 24 year deceased mother, Fatmata Sandi, said plans of the devil will not succeed in bringing them down, pointing out that after death of her daughter they were planning to mourn her when Government and WHO came with another ‘sad’ and ‘frustrating’ news that she died of Ebola.
She said as a family they were unable to mourn the death of their eldest daughter with tears in their eyes they were also quarantined for 28 days with no benefits but sadness and disappointment.
The mother of four described late Marie as very brilliant, lovely and beautiful daughter, saying that her death meant a lot to them as a family because she was doing extremely well in school and was also was assisting her with support for the upbringing of her little brother and sister.
She said after their quarantined nothing was given to them, As she opened her ‘ghana mus go’ package inside it was blanket, three cups, one rubber kettle and few baby dresses.