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Child Fund, Liberia saves 83 children, lose five to Ebola

Jos Garneo Cephas
Some of the children from the ICCs
Some of the children from the ICCs

(www.elbcradio.com Aug. /26, 2015)-At the height of the transmission of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), in 2014 many Ebola Interim Care Centers (ICCs) constructed by Child Fund, Liberia across Liberia to save the lives of vulnerable children are now formally closedown.

About 88 children passed through the ICCs they were directly or indirectly victimized by the Ebola disease, 83 other survived while five died in the Ebola Treatment Unite (ETU).

About 54 of the kids in good health were paraded to represent their fellow beneficiaries from around the country in Monrovia, at a special ceremony to mark the general closure of the ICCs, held on August 11, 2015 at Kelekula Center in Sinkor, Monrovia.

The children charity international organization Child Fund, Liberia’s Program Director, Anthony Klay-Sie said: “It is time to close down the centers in the country and we will monitor the care and schooling of the kids through special project”.

The kids were provided with gift of school materials including book bags, toys copy books ect.

“The official closing down of the ICCs is part of our community development activities to tell Liberians that the compounds that once hosted the ICCs are disinfected-This occasion is also to basically honor staff that provided services and saved the lives of the children”, Klay-Sie said..

As part of vigilant efforts of the people of Liberia efforts through the international partners’ support, in collaboration with the Liberian government, USAID and UNICEF the centers were project was successful in the interruption, if not to contain killer virus.

Several parents who spoke at the occasion, expressed gratitude to the Child Fund, Liberia and other partners who worked hard to save the lives of their children.

The Head of the former Kelekula ICC, Dekontee David, praised the efforts of Child Fund, Liberia and lauded the numerous support provided the children who survived the disease but paid tribute to the fallen few who did not live to tell their story.

                                                            The head of the ICCS and caregivers were certificated and honored

 

The participants from the Gender and children Affairs Ministry, UNICEF and USAID and staff of Child Fund, Liberia observed a moment of silence for the children who were killed by the virus.

In spite of  the progress made  by the people of Liberia ahead of two of its  West African  bordering Countries, Sierra and Guinea were high hit but recent reports from these neighboring countries is recording  low-infection cases.

The Ebola Virus slightly returned for the third time but undergoing probably it last counts down.  Liberia The return of the virus is being played low-key as it did not deter the nation because Liberia has built its medical capacity and increased its know-how in the fight of the disease.

From April 2014 to May of 2015, Liberia was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The EVD killed more than 4,000 in Liberia while the entire sub-region loss more then 11,000 people in all to the virus during the period in review.

 


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