Abandoned newborn finds solace at Kalubowila Hospital

Abandoned newborn finds solace at Kalubowila Hospital

Written by Bella Dalima

24 Jan, 2014 | 7:10 pm

Several years ago, Newsfirst reported an incident at the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital where an infant was being claimed by two mothers. Today, Newsfirst visited the hospital again to report on a newborn  who has no one.

An infant believed to be just a day old was found left abandoned from the Pragathipura area in Mirihana on Thursday morning. Doctors say that the infant was abandoned hours after being born.

Newsfirst inquired into the health condition of the infant.

Commisioner Department of Probation and Child Care Services, Yamuna Perera said: “Once a child is produced in court, that child directly falls under the care of the Department of Probation. Subsequently, there are houses which fall under the purview of the government that take care of these children. If these foster homes do not have sufficient space the child will be directed to a children’s home. There is committee and the department that looks into the well-being of that child. That committee will later on make its recommendations to court on the child …”

Chairman  of National Child Protection Authority, Attorney-at-Law Anoma Dissanayake said; “According to the United Nations, a child needs to be brought up in society under the care of the family or a close relative. A child can be placed in the care of foster care if there is no other option.I believe that once we are notified of a child that needs foster care, we need to place in the care of the parents who have registered with us and and seeking to adopt children …”


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