Mother abandons newborn baby at Opuwo hospital

WINDHOEK: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Kunene Region are requesting for public assistance in tracing an unknown woman who abandoned her newborn baby at the Opuwo State Hospital last week.

Head of the public relations division at NamPol, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said in a media statement availed to Nampa here on Monday morning that the mother left her baby girl in the hospital on Thursday last week. The infant was five days old at the time.

According to Kanguatjivi, the baby was left on the patients’ waiting bench with a blanket and is currently in a stable condition under the care of medical personnel at the same hospital.

The identity and whereabouts of the mother are still unknown and the case of baby dumping is now under investigation by members of the Gender-Based Violence Investigation Sub-Division of NamPol in the Kunene Region.

Kanguatjivi said any person with information regarding a woman or female family member who was recently pregnant or gave birth but does not have a baby, is requested to contact the police at Opuwo or any police station in his/her area.

Baby dumping has been identified as one of Namibia’s growing social ills and concealment of birth cases reported are on the rise. The reasons behind baby dumping vary from shame of bearing a child out of marriage and fear of the economic implications of having a baby.

SOURCE: NAMPA