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Frequent incidents of dumping newborn babies reported in Hyderabad

Commissioner issues instructions for admitting such babies at nursery wards of hospitals

Committee formed to look into the matters related to upbringing, education health as well adoption of such newborn babies.

Hyderabad

Following the reports of frequent incidents of dumping of newborn babies in the city, Divisional Commissioner Hyderabad Muhammad Abbas Baloch has formed a committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Hyderabad Fuad Ghaffar Soomro to look after the matters regarding the upbringing, education health as well adoption of such babies.

He presided a meeting at his office in Shahbaz Building Hyderabad on Thursday to discuss the matters of adoption and care of newborns orphan babies. The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Hyderabad Sajjad Haider Shah, Deputy Director Planning and Development Hyderabad Sanaullah Rind, Assistant Commissioner Surhan Aijaz Abro and officers of concerned departments.

Commissioner said that it was a great tragedy of our society that people throw their newborn babies in hospitals, streets and dumpsites which is the humiliation of humanity. “No one would be allowed for this act of inhumanity.”

He said that it was the responsibility of concerned government departments to stop the violation of human rights while some government departments have been established only for protecting the right of the children. He directed the concerned officers of Social Welfare department, Child Protection Authority, Special Education and other welfare agencies to clarify their procedures in this regard so that any orphan child can be properly brought up.

He asked to devise a strategy that anyone who received or found newborn orphan babies could contact focal person nominated by the committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Hyderabad.

He also directed to ensure nursery wards for newborn orphan babies in the government hospitals and for that MoUs should be signed between concerned authorities.

Commissioner directed the concerned agencies to sponsor the orphan children on the pattern of SOS Village Jamshoro while financial assistance could be got from the welfare agencies and philanthropists in this regard.

The Divisional Commissioner was informed that only boys from 5 to 14 years of age can be accommodated in orphanages in Hyderabad and other welfare institutions but no special place has been allotted for orphans girls in Hyderabad on which Commissioner directed all the concerned to submit their detailed report in this regard. (PR)

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