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A Non Governmental Organisation, known as 24 Hours Road Accident Victims Support Initiative, yesterday donated medical and non medical items to an abandoned five week old baby in Makurdi, Benue State, who is battling for survival.
It could be recalled that about two weeks ago, a baby was picked up by a Good Samaritan, Ms. Joy Kwaghtse, in a farm path wrapped in a linen bag, drenched by rain and bitten by soldier ants.
The child had been admitted at a private clinic where she has been receiving treatment. All appeals to the state government to give assistance to her fell on deaf ears.
Disturbed by the plight of the baby, the organisation donated items including, clothings, 100s of pampers, wipes, packs of bottled water, disinfectants, gloves, baby food and drugs.
Making the donation, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of the organisation Mr. Gaddafi Asemanya, berated the Ministry of Women Affairs for their lukewarm attitude and urged them as a matter of urgency to rise up to their responsibility and come to the assistance of the little baby.
“The ministry should ensure that whoever will adopt this baby must follow due process. We laud the woman who picked her up for her courage as well as the management of Olive Children Health Center for the adequate medical attention given to the child. The state government should support the woman and ensure her safety.
“We call on well meaning Nigerians and Benue indigenes to come to the aid of the baby,” Asemanya passionately appealed.