Gauteng Health MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi has revealed that there are currently 36 abandoned babies in public hospitals throughout the province.
Mokgethi was responding to questions from the DA’s Jack Bloom in the Gauteng legislature.
In 2020, a complete of 143 newborns have been abandoned in Gauteng hospitals.
Gauteng Health MEC: There have been 51 abandoned babies in 2020
According to the Health MEC, Thelle Mogoerane Hospital in Vosloorus had the best variety of abandoned babies in 2020, with 51. It was adopted by Leratong Hospital (14) and Charlotte Maxeke Academic Johannesburg (13).
There are totally different causes as to why moms resolve to depart the hospital with out their newborns, together with unplanned and teenage pregnancies. In some situations, babies born with disabilities are additionally abandoned.
She says the period of time babies spend in hospital is determined by how wholesome they’re. Newborns with disabilities have a tendency to remain longer as a result of want for particular care and the problem in discovering an appropriate residence for them.
“Once a baby is dischargeable, they can remain in the ward for a further week up to a month until they are removed in terms of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 by a social worker,” Mokgethi mentioned.
Bloom has expressed concern over this, saying it’s immensely distressing that there are such a lot of abandoned babies on account of deep-rooted issues in our society. He additional famous that there are babies who’re abandoned exterior of hospitals who don’t survive.
“There are worthy NGOs who do good work in this area. The support options for new mothers at risk should be strengthened and communicated widely, so that no mother ever feels forced to leave her child for social reasons,” he mentioned.