At least 3,231 children in Liberia have been made orphans as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease with Montserrado County highly hit, according to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
The ministry says Montserrado along has 949 Ebola orphans, the highest in the entire country, adding that these children lost their parents and guardians to the Ebola Virus thus, rendering them homeless with no alternative but to get in the streets.
Speaking Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism’s daily press briefing, the Deputy Gender Minister for Children Protection, Madam Lydia Mai Sherman, said plans are underway by the government to construct a mission school for children made orphans by the virus to ensure their safety.
Madam Sherman furthered that the idea of government providing affected children a mission school is to empowered them for the future, saying, “The young children are the future of this country; there is no way government can run away from her responsibility, and if government refused, nobody will take care of another person’s child”.
“We cannot afford to abandon them in the streets; because their parents are no more, the government has decided to render financial and psycho-social support to the relatives who are standing in the gap as parents to be able to cater to them whenever they are in need of anything” Minister Sherman assured.
The Ebola Virus killed about 8,000 people in Liberia and affected thousands others in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, including heath care workers, nurses and Doctors, who sacrificed their lives in serving humanity.