The Osun Government has asked residents to report on the woman’s whereabout.
Health workers and patients at the Osun State General Hospital, Osogbo, were left confused on Friday when a nursing mother, Grace Adipe, allegedly abandoned her three-day-old baby in the hospital.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the hospital community was taken aback as the news of the abandonment spread.
A woman, Adijat Bamijoko, said she was in the hospital to assist a patient when the incident occurred on Thursday, and wondered how a nursing mother could abandon her child.
“Although, I do not know the woman, but one wonders why she should abandon her baby in the hospital where Governor Rauf Aregbesola had made medication free for all,” she said.
Other people who expressed surprise at the incident called on the hospital’s management to ensure that the fleeing mother was brought back to care for her baby. A search team, including government officials and law enforcement agents, reportedly failed in their effort to find the woman.
The Osun Commissioner for Women and Children’s Affairs, Mofolake Adegboyega, said in a statement that efforts to contact the woman by the hospital authorities were yet to yield results.
Mrs. Adegboyega called Ms. Adipe’s relations and members of the public to be vigilant on the whereabouts of the woman. She urged members of the public to consider the innocence and future of the child and help in efforts to find the mother and her relations.
The commissioner said that any information about Ms. Adipe’s whereabouts should be directed to the nearest police station or the Director of Social Welfare in the ministry, Grace Adegoke.