January 19, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs has commenced the process of reuniting survivors of the Ebola outbreak, especially children, with either their families or adult caregivers.
Deputy Minister Mustapha Bai Atilla told Concord Times that they have intensified the process of reuniting child survivors who are currently staying in interim care facilities across the country in a bid ensure they do not stay in the facilities for a longer time.
“We have intensified our efforts to get Ebola survivors, especially children reunified either with their families or adult caregivers. This is very important for us as a ministry because we don’t want those in our interim care centers to be there forever,” said the deputy minister. “We want them to go back to normal life and if possible into their communities.”
Mr. Atilla added that registration of Ebola survivors had begun, but warned that those who are now forming phony organizations in the name of Ebola survivors should desist from such because the ministry was prepared to clamp down heavily on them.
“We don’t want people who are not survivors to form organizations on behalf of Ebola survivors,” Atilla warned.
He was quick to add though that the ministry was not averse to people providing assistance to Ebola survivors, but cannot allow organizations to be formed on their behalf.
“We are saying you can help Ebola survivors but you cannot form organizations on their behalf. People are attempting to set up organizations for survivors and we are going to clamp down on those unscrupulous individuals,” he said and disclosed that branches for Ebola survivors will be established countrywide so that survivors can receive help directly and not through any organization or individual.