About 72 orphanages and 44 welfare institutions in and around Monrovia have complained of serious vulnerabilities in the wake of the Ebola virus that has engulfed the country. Some 2,552 children made orphan by the Liberian Civil War are in homes and orphanages across the country.
Speaking to this paper in Monrovia on Thursday, 11 September the executive director of Orphan Concern Liberia, Amos M. Sawboh, said It has come to the attention of the organization that children at various orphanages in the country are being neglected.
Sawboh noted that living together under such cluster condition in orphanages is a serious health risk to the kids as they could fall prey to Ebola anytime. He warns that contraction of the virus by a single child could spark an outbreak, which will pose serious health danger to the rest of the kids in those homes. He appealed for chloride, soap, buckets and other detergents to help protect children in orphanages, adding that they deserve to live even after the Ebola crisis
Sawboh said among the 72 orphanages and 44 welfare institutions in the country, the Government of Liberia has provided six buckets out of a total of 40 buckets requested for; two bottles of clorax out of 40 requested for; seven blocks of soap out of 40 requested for; two packs of heavy duty gloves out of 20 requested for and York soap
He said Orphan Concern-Liberia is calling on government and non-governmental organizations across the country to help in the provision of sanitary materials for health workers.