Three more newborns dumped in PMB

2010-11-22 00:00

AS million of South Africans are building up to the 16 Days of Activism against Woman and Child Abuse, three newly born children were found dumped in Pietermaritzburg last week.

The dumping of children in the city flies in the face of the ideals of the campaign, which takes place between November 25 and December 10.

The latest child was found dumped across the road from the newly opened Edendale Crossing Hall, near Plessislaer police station, on Friday afternoon.

Edendale hospital spokesperson Samke Mncube said the tiny baby girl was looking healthy when she was discovered at about 5 pm.

She said she had been covered with a blanket and was found on the side of Selby Msimang Road.

“She was brought to the hospital by an ambulance. Although she looked healthy, she was referred to a paediatrician for a check-up,” said Mncube.

Mncube said two other toddlers were also brought to the hospital after being found dumped on November 16.

It is believed they were found in different areas of Edendale.

She was unable to reveal their conditions.

Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities spokesperson Sibani Mngadi condemned the practice of dumping children.

“It is important for the community to be aware that there are better and legal options, such as leaving the unwanted child at children’s shelters.

“But we like to encourage people to apply protective measures, such as condoms, to prevent unwanted pregnancy and diseases such as HIV and Aids,” he said.

Rene Morcom of the newly formed Baby Safe said many mothers who dump their babies suffer from post­natal depression, and that most people are not aware of this condition.

“We encourage hospitals to start teaching new mothers about post­natal depression so that they are aware of it,” said Morcom.

She said Baby Safe’s doors are open to mothers who do not want their babies; all they have to do is drop the baby at their premises and they will look after it for them.

Baby Safe is situated on the corner of George and Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street at the St Paul’s Anglican Church.

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