Netcare 911 has found a newborn baby, wrapped in black plastic bags, and dumped in a dustbin in central Durban. Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the baby had been found in a dustbin in the toilets on the second floor of the Commercial Towers Building office block in Durban’s central business district.
“The advanced life support paramedic and his team worked fervently to stabilise the child that was deprived of oxygen. After a few minutes the child responded to the treatment,” Botha said.
The discovery of the newborn baby thrown in the dustbin comes weeks after the KwaZulu-Natal health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo warned all youngsters not to be part of the province’s “September baby” phenomenon.
Dhlomo said this while giving a data analysis that shows that more babies were delivered during September than in any other month between 2013 and 2015. He went on to appeal to youngsters to always pause and consider the consequences of their actions during this festive period.
“It is no secret that during the school holidays and the festive season‚ many young people may be tempted to experiment with new and dangerous things. This includes substance and alcohol abuse‚ and unprotected sex‚ which may have adverse and long-lasting effects on their lives‚” he said.
“We are saying to them, ‘[Do not allow temporary fun] during the holidays to disturb your progress in life. If you have unprotected sex now, you will be a mother come September,” He said as he also warned of the dangers of being exposed to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS. The news also comes at the time when over two hundred and eighty-four (284) babies were born in Gauteng in just one day.
The birth of about 284, babies took place in different health facilities in Gauteng‚ on the first of January this year, according to the province’s health department. The health department mentioned that the first baby born in Gauteng on New Year’s Day was delivered at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital at 00:01 on Sunday morning.
This was followed by the birth of about 30 babies in the afternoon of the same day, of which there were one set of twins and one set of triplets, the department further noted.
Meanwhile, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said that the baby found in the dustbin has been taken to hospital for further care and police are investigating the baby’s abandonment.