A baby born prematurely to the family of Mr Emmanuel Onokpise of Abata Close, Orile-Iganmu, has been saved by the Lagos State Government.
The baby, weighing 2.2 kilogrammes at birth, was diagnosed to be severely jaundiced and needed transfusion but the parents kept her at home till she weighed 1.7kg.
A statement by the Head of Public Affairs, OPD, Mahmud Hassan, read:
“However, the parents of the girl, who are Jehovah’s Witnesses and on medical insurance, vehemently opposed the blood transfusion for the baby, citing religious beliefs and contrary to medical advice, decided to discharge the baby and took her home.
“The critical health condition of the baby and the defiant position of her parents persuaded a spirited member of the public to inform the OPD to save the child from untimely death.
“The agency swung into action immediately, got the relevant court order by invoking the relevant sections of the Lagos Child Rights Law of 2015 and the Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy of 2016. In collaboration with the Nigeria Police, Adeniji-Adele and Orile stations, the baby was eventually taken from the parents’ home after stiff resistance from other mobilised members of the Jehovah Witness on December 30, 2019. The baby was taken to the Massey Street Children Hospital.”