Abandoned baby named after Cross River Gov, Ayade


Director General, Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu has named a rescued newborn baby after Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State.

The baby was abandoned by a teenage mother immediately after delivery on Monday, March 20 at Anderson Primary Health Center, Calabar South local government area of the state.

Dr. Edu said “I thank God that the teenager managed to even come to the health centre to deliver the child rather than delivering at home and dumping her in a bin or toilet that probably would have led to the death of the child”.

She noted that the Ayade’s administration “believes that every child deserves to live, and every child should be wanted and be planned for or if you don’t want to have children then take up family planning”.

The DG, however, added that in Calabar South, her Agency was facing challenges because there were a lot of teenage girls that were pregnant and most of them were HIV positive and it called for great concerns.

“We stepped up health sensitisation in this communities and health workers have been going from house to house trying to convince them to take up family planning but they have rejected Family Planning.

“The culture needs to change; our chiefs need to help us, churches and prayer houses need to join in this advocacy for family planning, these young girls between 11 and 17 need to protect themselves and abstain from sex where possible so they don’t have children which are not planned for or unwanted in the society with lack of motherly care.

“This baby although already named Anderson (after the facility) will be known as “Anderson Ayade” because State Government will take over the support for the child till proper adoption is done”, she said.

Earlier, the Chief Community Health Officer, Mrs Elizabeth Offiong who narrated the story said that the teenage mother threatened to dump the baby in the gutter if government failed to take ownership.

She said that “after giving birth, the teenage girl refused to undergo series of tests as she out rightly rejected the food bought for her.

“She refused all our offers to treat her and rather insisted that she doesn’t want the child.

“She threatened to dump the baby in the gutter if Government does not take ownership of the child. All efforts to persuade her to receive treatment was unsuccessful as she quietly ran away and abandoned her newborn baby”, she disclosed.


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