The management of the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has confirmed that a two-year-old girl has tested positive for the coronavirus at the centre.
The child was said to have been admitted into the facility eight days ago on account of breathlessness.
According to a statement issued by the head of public relations and communication for the centre, Sugun Orisajo, investigations were subsequently carried out on her which revealed that she was positive for coronavirus.
“Due to the persisted high temperature, she was isolated, hence no member of staff or other patients were unduly exposed,” he said.
“To confirm the initial suspicion by a team of care givers, on the third day, she was screened for coronavirus while her treatment continued.
“The samples of her test returned positive for corona virus few moments ago.
“The girl is already receiving treatment at the Centre’s isolation ward while the facility where she was initially admitted has been decontaminated.”
Meanwhile, the management has initiated a contact tracing of her relatives.
A baby in China’s epidemic-hit Wuhan city has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus just 30 hours after being born, Chinese state media reported Wednesday.
The infant is the youngest person recorded as being infected by the virus, which has killed nearly 500 people since emerging late last year.
CCTV quoted experts as saying it may be a case of “vertical transmission”, referring to infections passed from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or immediately after.
The mother had tested positive for the virus before she gave birth.
The official Xinhua news agency reported Monday that a baby born last week to an infected mother had tested negative.
The disease is believed to have emerged in December in a Wuhan market that sold wild animals and spread rapidly as people travelled for the Lunar New Year holiday in January.
China’s national health commission said on Tuesday that the oldest person diagnosed with the virus is a 90-year-old and that 80 per cent of reported deaths have been of patients 60 years of age and older.
Doctors on Wednesday hailed as a “miracle” the survival of a newborn girl found several days after being buried alive, as police hunted for her parents who have been charged with attempted murder.
The nearly eight-day-old baby was found in a clay pot by a father Thursday when he was digging a grave for his own newborn daughter, who had died the day before, in a village in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
The premature infant weighing just 1.1 kilogrammes (2.4 pounds) was taken to a government hospital in a critical condition with severe dehydration and blood infections before being transferred to a private hospital.
“It’s a miracle that she survived being buried for so long,” her doctor Ravi Khanna said.
“The baby must’ve remained buried for 2.5 to three days because she was very emaciated from her cheeks to her neck, her stomach and legs.”
The girl, who is in an incubator, was now “out of danger” and responding to antibiotic treatment, he said.
“We are feeding her milk via a tube and also slowly increasing the quantity of milk being fed to her,” Khanna added.
“The baby’s weight has improved from before and is currently 1.2 kilos and the baby’s condition has improved a little as well.”
Doctors and police said the baby could have been buried for more than two days in the pot, which had some holes in it.
Lead investigating officer Pradeep Singh said his team was searching villages near where she was found and asking about recent pregnancies.
“We have filed an attempt-to-murder case and one for endangering the life of the child against unnamed parents,” Singh told AFP.
He added that she would be sent to a government-run adoption home after she is discharged from hospital.
But a local politician from the national government’s ruling party, Rajesh Kumar Mishra, who is paying for her treatment in the private facility, said he would adopt the girl he called a “miracle”.
“Can you imagine a newborn surviving such a situation for so many days? She is God-sent and I have decided to adopt her,” Mishra told AFP.
The lawmaker made national headlines in July when his daughter, then aged 23, accused him of sending his henchmen to kill her and her husband over their inter-caste marriage.
The couple publicly severed their relationship with him and remain in hiding.
The Lagos State Police Command said it has arrested two suspects involved in the sale of babies in the state.
A statement by the command’s spokesman on Sunday, Mr Bala Elkana, disclosed that the duo were saved from being killed by an angry mob in the Ejigbo area of Lagos.
Elkana said, “On 26th August 2019, at about 3.30pm, a police officer attached to the Motor Traffic Division of Ejigbo Police Division while controlling traffic at Jakande Gate, Ejigbo noticed a sort of commotion close to her traffic point.
“She intervened and discovered that the brouhaha was about a lady named Gift Michael 24 years old, found with a suspected new-born baby. In her company is her ‘madam’, one Florence Nkem Douglas aged 50 years – both of Ijegun area of Isheri.”
“They were about to be mobbed due to the alarm raised by those who had been trailing the duo from their residence in Ijegun as the whole community had been suspecting them for long for being in the business of buying and selling of babies in their maternity clinic, but for the timely intervention of the traffic policewoman,” he added.
The command’s spokesman said the two women along with the baby were rescued to Ejigbo Divisional Police Headquarters where in-depth investigation was conducted.
Investigation revealed that Douglas, a native of Igueben in Edo State, was not a registered nurse but operating two maternity clinic – Flofidel Clinic and Maternity Homes – with branches along Ijegun Road and Okunola Ijagemo areas.
“On interrogation, the said Florence admitted having been in the business of sales of babies for a while.
“She revealed that a baby girl is referred to as ‘pink’ while a baby boy is called ‘blue’, and are both referred to as ‘market’,” Elkana noted.
He stated that the suspect confessed that the male baby found in their custody was brought to her from Gombe State, en route to Akure and was to be sold for N500,000.00.
The command’s spokesman said the rescued baby who appeared sick with symptoms suspected to be jaundice was promptly taken to hospital for medical attention.
He also revealed that pictures of about 50 different babies, suspected to have already been sold off, were found on the phone of the suspect.
According to Elkana, babies are usually sold between N500,000.00 and N1million depending on their gender.
He added that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Zubairu Muazu, has ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti Yaba to take over the investigation and ensure that other members of the syndicate were apprehended.
New Zealand Speaker Trevor Mallard babysat a baby during Parliamentary Debate on the chamber floor on Wednesday.
The picture of Mallard feeding the one-month-old baby as he presides over a debate ha since gone viral.
“Normally the speaker’s chair is only used by presiding officers but today a VIP took the chair with me,” Mallard tweeted as he shared pictures of him bottle-feeding the baby.
He excitedly shared the pictures on his verified Twitter handle @SpeakerTrevor and congratulated father of the baby who is also a lawmaker, Tāmati Coffey.
Normally the Speaker’s chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me. Congratulations @tamaticoffey and Tim on the newest member of your family. pic.twitter.com/47ViKHsKkA
Britain’s Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their infant son Archie will visit South Africa later this year in their first official tour as a family, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to South Africa this autumn at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,” the palace said in a statement.
Harry, 34, will also visit Angola and Malawi at the request of Britain’s Foreign Office and conduct a working trip to Botswana while in the region.
Harry and Meghan said on their Instagram account that it would be their “first official tour as a family”, with Archie born on May 6 set to join them in South Africa.
Their first official trip as a married couple was a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in October 2018.
Meghan, 37, recently made her first public appearance since giving birth to Archie, joining a host of British royals to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday in London on June 8.
The couple said they were “excited” by the trip on their Instagram account.
“The Duke and duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the Commonwealth and beyond,” said the post.
Thai police arrested a Jordanian man who confessed to murdering his one-year-old son by strapping the child into a stroller and pushing him into the Gulf of Thailand, the country’s immigration head said Tuesday.
The alleged infanticide occurred in the seaside town of Pattaya, where 52-year-old Wael Nabil Salman Zureikat was holidaying with his wife and one-year-old son.
His arrest follows the discovery of the toddler’s body on Monday by fishermen off Pattaya’s main pier.
“Last night, he confessed that he tied his son to the stroller and pushed it into the sea,” immigration head Lieutenant General Surachate Hakparn said at a press conference Tuesday.
The couple had checked into a guest house on March 6, and the boy was taken two days later by the father — who told his wife he was under the care of others.
His wife filed a complaint to the authorities, which led to the man’s arrest.
“The father said he could not raise the boy and did not want to have children,” Surachate said. “It is a heartbreaking story.”
The Jordanian will be charged under Section 289 of Thailand’s penal code for “intentional killing” of a child.
If found guilty, the maximum punishment is the death penalty.