The Lagos State Government has announced that plans had been concluded to provide shelter for a 16-year-old mother who was recently delivered of a baby girl after which she tested positive for coronavirus.
This gesture followed reactions from Nigerians after plight of the teenage mother simply identified as Aishat came to light through a video clip that went viral on social media last week.
Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Segun Dawodu, said that the mother and child will be placed in an appropriate shelter to ensure their adequate care and protection to be monitored by the state government.
Through a statement released to newsmen on Monday, the Commissioner said that the state’s Ministry of Youth and Social Development, as well as the State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), have teamed up to support both the mother and child.
Dawodu, who commended heroics of the welfare team who took Aisha to Government Hospital where she delivered her baby, also lauded the professionalism of healthcare givers at the hospital for the quality healthcare delivery provided for the duo.
He urged parents and guardians to recommit themselves to the task of providing adequate care for their children and wards which included ending every form of child labor and trafficking.
“Parents and guardians are hereby advised to always take good care of their children and wards especially the female folks who are very susceptible and vulnerable to different vices in the society most importantly, at this period when rape has been on the increase in Nigeria.
“Parents must henceforth desist from handing over their children to strangers who take them to cities and use them as housemaids or for other unscrupulous purposes,” the statement read.
He, however, restated the commitment of the Ministry and the state government as a whole to the safety of every child in the state regardless of tribe, location, or status.
On her part, the Acting General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, said that the agency would also enroll both the mother and child at any of the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS) facilities of their choice closer to the residence provided by the Ministry of Youth and Social Development.
Zamba said that the cost of registration and medical care would be shouldered by the agency, adding that both mother and child are free to access medical care immediately the mother is tested negative and discharged from Gbagada Isolation Center.
She called on well-meaning Nigerians at home and abroad to support the agency in providing medical care for the vulnerable residents across the state through the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS).
The LASHMA boss said that interested individuals can reach the Agency via 0800-ASKLASHMA or 09013991981 and pay insurance premiums for the vulnerable in the state, explaining that a family plan is N40,000 while the individual plan is 8,500 per annum.