The children affected by the deadly Ebola Virus appeared to be facing a uncertain future, due lack of support from unwilling relatives to adopt them.
Presently there are about eight children who are said to have been abandoned or become orphans owing to the death of either their mother or father—or both—from the hands of Ebola virus.
The children, most of them below 10 years of age, are said to be sheltering in a building provided by the Ganta Methodist Hospital situated close to the ETU and they are being cared for by the ETU administration.
Onenkeh Kokeh, a volunteer, who is heading those that caring for the kids, said beside the food provided from the ETU, there is no other assistance coming to the children.
Some of the children are so terrified whenever they see an ambulance coming toward their hostel.
“We are three here caring for these children; we are scheduled by night to sleep here with them,” she added.
She explained that some of the children parents died from the deadly Ebola Virus, while still undergoing treatment from Ebola at the ETU either in Nimba or elsewhere in Liberia.
Some of the children were seem playing rubber ball and dashing on ground. As this reporter entered the compound, they appeared healthy, but without any good clothing.
“This two-year old boy lost his mother and father and is currently infected and undergoing treatment, but whenever, he sees ambulance or the dead body car coming, he will run indoors and stay inside for the rest of the day,” she said.
The issue pertaining to Ebola- affected children is creating concern among the Ganta Ebola Task Force and they are appealing to relatives to accept their lost relatives’ children.
On Wednesday, October 15th 2014, the Ganta Task Force resettled four children with their relatives in the town called Sehwee around the Seclapea region after they had spent over a month in a home where their mother was killed by Ebola.
President Sirleaf, during her tour of Nimba recently, appealed to the citizens to accept the children who lost their parents whenever they go through the medical proceeding successfully.
“They are our children; we cannot neglect them,” she told the local leaders in Sanniquellie.
Because of abandonment or neglect, nobody was willing to adopt them, despite graduating from their 21-day successful completion of quarantine. They were resettled with other relatives after some frantic negotiations.
Although, the ETU in Ganta is said to be fully operating, yet unconfirmed reports reaching the Daily Observer say there is still shortages of PPEs and needed supplies for the running of the facility.
Complaints of attractive incentives could be heard among health workers at the center.
However, the Medical Doctor at the ETU Dr. Paye N. Gbanmie, is appealing to the public not to underestimate the disease and come to the center whenever they observe and sign or symptom.