Dimapur, December 19: The Department of Social Welfare under the Child Protection Services’ project “Cradle of Hope” donated 20 cradles to Chief Medical Officer, Dimapur on December 18.
“The project ‘Cradle of Hope’ was initiated as part of the Innovative Intervention Programme under Child Protection Services, Nagaland. The Project aims to place cradles in every hospital, Police Stations, and Anganwadi Centres to provide a safe place for abandoned new-born babies,” said Raitali Zeliang, State Program Manager.
She stated that there were many cases of babies being abandoned in garbage collection sites and such unsafe places. The Cradle of Hope aims to provide a place for desperate mothers to abandon their babies in a responsible manner. The babies abandoned in the cradles will be looked after by the Child Protective Services and will be placed for adoption in a proper legal manner. The project also provides free homestay to unwed pregnant women till the baby is born.
Dr Antoly Suu, Deputy Chief Medical Officer accepted the 20 cradles along with 20 baby blankets and 20 bed-nets from the State Programme Manager.
Dr K. Vikato Kinimi, Chief Medical Officer and Dr Antoly Suu also expressed gratitude towards the Child Protection Services, Department of Social Welfare.
The brief function was attended by Dr C.Tetseo, NTCP, Dr Imtiwabong, DVBO, Kikolul Khieya, Assistant Director, UVBDS, and staffs under CMO’s office and District Child Protection Unit, Dimapur.
(Page News Service)