Pikin to Pikin Movement; a child welfare non-governmental organisation has aired out its concerns to the public on issues affecting the well-being of children, especially those affected by Ebola since May of this year.
It has noted in a Press Conference at its 13 Macdonald Street Office that apart from just maintaining a holistic approach to containing the disease, the government has not provided an empirical statistics of children victimized and affected by the Ebola outbreak.
According to the Executive Director of Pikin Movement, Abdulai Swaray, the organisation is gravely bordered with issues affecting children in mostly quarantined homes across the country, less to talk of those who have lost their lives to the deadly contagious disease.
He said that the organisation is yet to learn about food supply designated to babies in those homes, particularly those who cannot eat the usual rice they are providing to residents of quarantined homes. He said that children need nutritional support to keep them healthy while they await the expiration of the 21 day period.
More worrisome, they pointed out, is the situation of children who have been orphaned by the outbreak. He said that these children are considered the future leaders of this country; and that adequate measures should be put in place to upkeep them, less their future remain bleak.
Emphatically, the Pikin Movement is demanding a clear and established figure of children who have been affected by the disease, so that adequate plans would be put in place to cater for them. He said that Sections of the public are dangling the figure of affected children; with most claiming over 200 child victims.
Management of the organisation are therefore demanding a concrete figure of children as they (children) need special care and support during a period of emergency, particularly so when, according to them, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs has not provided one. It was reported that during such period of exigency, children are more susceptible to diseases like malaria, fever, diarrhoea and other related diseases, for which reason, adequate mechanisms should be put in place to properly manage their welfare.
By Poindexter Sama
Monday September 08, 2014