- Some parents abandon their children at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Legit.ng has found out
- Mrs Etta, a nurse at LUTH told Legit TV that some parents abandon their children due to deformity while some do so because of financial difficulty
- Etta said the LUTH management take care of the abandoned children for as long as 15 years
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Facts have emerged on how parents abandon their children at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for various reasons, ranging from poverty to deformity of their children.
During a visit to the hospital by Voice of Naija Youths (VONY), a non-governmental organisation, to present relief materials and provisions to some of the abandoned children, Ms Owuns Etta, who works at the hospital, told Legit TV that some parents leave their children for as long as ten years.
Etta said the LUTH management takes care of the abandoned children until people come around to try to pick them up.
She said some parents abandon their children because they cannot take care of them.
"Some of them will come, they will deliver, they will just abandon their children and go. And LUTH management in their own caring manner always takes care of these children
"Some of them do not even come back again to ask. Once they drop them, you won't see them again.
"At times when things are bad, especially when the baby is not okay, they feel that it's a deformed child," the nurse said.
Ms Etta appealed to NGOs to also offer help in taking care of the abandoned children
"Some of the children are later taken to special homes while some are trained by LUTH for up to 15 years. LUTH management takes care of everything including feeding.
"Some of the children grow up under LUTH management, learn vocational works and move on with their lives," she told Legit TV.
Ms Etta advised parents to desist from abandoning their children in the hospital due to deformity or any other reason.
Her words: "Whatever God gives you please take it. You don't know the head that will be the king. Take care of your child and then pray. That child might be the one who will save you thereafter."
She expressed gratitude to VONY for the relief materials donated to the children currently being taken care of by the LUTH management.
Meanwhile, school children in Lagos will continue to enjoy the homegrown feeding programme of the government despite being at home due to the lockdown in the state.
This is coming from the assurance of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
A statement from the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) said it was collaborating with the federal government prior to the closure of schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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