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Baby Dumped At Refuse Site Gets Adopted By Governors Wife


At the last count, three babies have been abandoned in differ­ent locations in Anambra state since the inception of Governor Willie Obiano’s administration including one in a dump site.

The last baby was dumped at a waste/refuse dump and was discovered by a street sweeper. The one-day old baby boy was left at a refuse dump in Nibo, Awka South local government area of Anambra state in the ear­ly hours of the fateful day.

The baby, wrapped in a sack and dropped in a receptacle of the Anambra State Waste Man­agement Agency (ASWAMA) kept by the roadside, was picked by one Mrs Chinelo Nelleh, a street cleaner.

Nelleh said that she was dis­charging her duty around 6am when some children alerted her on the development.

Hear her: “Some children told me that there was strange object that is shaking in an AS­WAMA bin. So, I went there and found that a newborn baby boy was wrapped inside a bag and dropped in the waste bin. I picked him and ran immediately to Nibo Maternity Home where he was promptly attended to.”

The matron of the materni­ty home, Mrs Edith Okoye, who explained that the baby is pre­mature disclosed that she used an incubator and other rele­vant drugs on the baby which was brought with the umbil­ical cord on his body, adding that the baby was responding to treatment.

Also speaking, the Manag­ing Director of the Anambra State Waste Management Agen­cy, Mr Philip Chinwuba con­demned the act as “crude” even as he commended the matron and nurses at the Nibo Mater­nity Home for their profession­alism in handling the situation.

But in a show of love, the wife of the governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano, at weekend adopted the dumped baby as “state baby’’ and named him “Baby Moses”.

 Baby Moses is the third aban­doned baby rescued under the two-year old administration of Governor Obiano, her husband, assuring that she would take full responsibility for the care and upkeep of the baby like the pre­vious ones through her NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE).

Mrs Obiano, accompanied by the Women Affairs Commis­sioner, Dr (Mrs) Victoria Chuk­wuelu said it is a perfect Easter gift to Ndi Anambra when she visited the baby to ascertain the health status of little Baby Mo­ses at Chukwuemeka Odimeg­wu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, Anambra State.

Obiano’s wife said: “As the mother of six million Ndi An­ambra, it is my responsibility to care and nurture the baby who may eventually turn-out to be governor of the state in future.

“On one hand, I condemn the act of abandoning the baby but in another breath, I want to commend her for wrapping the baby well and ensuring that he did not suffocate. Perhaps, she heeded my previous plea for mothers with unwanted ba­bies to keep them where they can be seen and taken care of. They can drop them near Gov­ernor’s Lodge, Fire station or a hospital.”

Mrs. Obiano who expressed happiness that the baby she saw is healthy and well-taken care of by the teaching hospital, praised the professionalism of the doc­tors, nurses and management for sparing no effort and mate­rial in their response to ensure the survival of Baby Moses.

Earlier, Chief Medical Di­rector, Chukwuemeka Odimeg­wu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Awka, Dr. Lawrence Ikeakor, said that they received Baby Mo­ses in critical condition from ag­ile State Sweepers but thanked God that he is responding to treatment. He revealed that the baby, who weighs 1.25 kil­ogramme, will remain in the incubator for two weeks when they expect that the weight would improve to 1.8kg.

Dr. Ikeakor commended the wife of the governor for her car­ing nature and visit to the hospi­tal, as well as the Anambra State Government for providing the equipment necessary for treat­ment of cases like that of Baby Moses and others which ac­cording to him; “is assisting us in the effective discharge of our duties.”