New born baby rescued from dustbin in Port Harcourt
A newborn baby that was dumped, yesterday, at a waste bin in front of Mile 3 Park, Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been rescued by a member of a vigilance group.
The baby, who was less than six hours old, was thrown away with her umbilical cord in a carton wrapped with a wrapper.
The Chief Security Officer of Nkpolu Oroworukwo Community, Mile 3, Diobu, Godstime Ihunwo, said while on routine patrol, he heard a cry from the waste bin and while approaching to see what was inside the bin, he found the newborn baby in a critical state.
He said: “At about 3.00 a.m. this morning (Friday), while on routine patrol, I discovered a newborn baby, barely six hours old. At the point of discovery, the baby was still wrapped in clothes and placenta.
“I rescued the child and immediately called a female nurse for urgent medical attention to be given to the baby. Upon inspection by the nurse, the baby was discovered to be a female.
“I called Prince Wiro, a Human Rights Activist, who immediately came to my office and accompanied me to Nkpolu Police Station to make a formal complaint.”
He also appealed to the Rivers State Government to prevail on the contractors in charge of Ikwerre Road’s street lights to ensure the lights are always on at night, noting that nobody could have contemplated dumping a baby in the area, if the place was illuminated.