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Ministries Help With Abandoned Baby Case

The Department of Social Welfare is investigating the case of a baby girl abandoned outside St Christopher’s Home in Naulu last Thursday night. Minister Rosy Akbar said the Ministry was
22 Mar 2015 09:41
Ministries Help With Abandoned Baby Case
Assistant Minister for Health Veena Bhatnagar with baby Nabiahah at the CWM Hospital yesterday. Photo: Rama

The Department of Social Welfare is investigating the case of a baby girl abandoned outside St Christopher’s Home in Naulu last Thursday night.

Minister Rosy Akbar said the Ministry was “grievously concerned” with this case and the condition in which this baby was abandoned.

“We have seen an increase in such cases where babies less than a month old are abandoned. However, the baby’s care and wellbeing is paramount and investigations continue in this case,” Ms Akbar said.

The Department of Social Welfare is assessing the case and expects to finalise its findings tomorrow and submit it to Ms Akbar.

In such cases where babies are abandoned and no family members come forward to take the child, the department takes responsibility for the child.

Currently there are more than 160 children placed in residential care homes in Fiji.

Most of these children abandoned by families are under State care.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister for Health Veena Bhatnagar visited the infant and confirmed she was in good health and well looked after by nurses and doctors.

The baby has been named Nabiahah Romeesah Hussein and is admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s High Dependency Unit (HDU).

“The baby was actually born in the hospital so every care was taken by the staff here and the baby was abandoned after she was born,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

“The baby is very well looked after and my staff went to the extent of buying diapers and milk for the baby. If there is a nursing mother around them she actually breastfeeds the baby.”

The nurses at the ward believe that the baby was only two to three days old. Although staff have yet to track the mother’s maternal records, Ms Bhatnagar said the mother left the hospital after delivering the baby.

The Fiji Police Force is seeking information on the whereabouts of the baby’s mother.

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