UNMIL Head of Field Office in Nimba County, Gibrel Turay has donated several assorted items to children who have been made orphans by the Ebola virus in Nimba County.
Presenting the items to the Nimba County Health Officer, Mr. Collins Bowah at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Mr. Turay urged Nimbaians to follow suit, saying, “Don’t stigmatize the children because they are our children.”
He said the donation was on behalf of his family as well as the organization he represents.
Mr. Turay urged the citizens to accept their deceased relatives’ children by providing them with food, clothing and anything else that will make the children feel comfortable.
The items donated include, bags of rice, cartons of sardine, vegetable oil, toothbrushes and toothpaste, amongst others.
Nimba County has about 16 Ebola affected children some of whom have lost either their father or mother to Ebola. They are in the care and guidance of the Ganta Ebola Treatment Unit.
It appears that the children are yet to receive the necessary support as a result of fear on the part of relatives to contract the disease or to be overburdened.
Some of the children are still living in trauma and fear owing to the absence of their parents.
“These children, whenever they hear the sound of an ambulance coming, will run indoors and stay inside all day long,” one Onikeh who takes care of the center said earlier.
Receiving the items on behalf of the County Task Force, Nimba Health Officer, Dr. Collins Bowah praised Mr. Turay for his gesture and urged other Nimbaians to follow suit.
He called on relatives of the orphans to always show concern for the children by coming to identify with them or to even accept them as part of their families.
Mr. Gibrel Turay is said to be the first person to donate to the welfare of the orphans victimized by the deadly Ebola Virus in Nimba.