Ebola deaths outpace burial rates as bodies stack up in Sierra Leone

Thursday, September 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: L.J. Devon
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nearly 6 million bewildered Sierra Leoneans opened up their doors and walked outside for the first time in three days, coming out of a 72-hour stupor. The entire country was ordered into a lockdown last week, a lockdown attempting to contain the Ebola outbreak. As the sun hit their faces, it didn’t take long for the residents to find an additional 200 dead bodies and a plethora of new Ebola cases on the city streets. Even during the lock down, the death count jumped.

So many bodies have accumulated in such a short amount of time that officials can’t even keep up with burying the bodies. As the Sierra Leone lockdown ended, health officials and volunteers desperately continued with the endless burials, as dead bodies piled up.

“We have an overflow of bodies which we still need to bury but this has been an everyday occurrence since the Ebola outbreak… Now at least we have about 150 new cases,” said Steven Gaojia, head of the country’s emergency operation center. After the lockdown, the chief medical officer in Sierra Leone reported that 70 more bodies had been discovered in Freetown, the country’s capital.

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