Zambia First Lady Esther Lungu has adopted a one month old baby who was abandoned by her mother five days ago at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka.
The mother of the abandoned baby girl is said to have disappeared five days ago leaving her premature baby at the hospital, 25 days after delivery.
Hospital staff could not locate the whereabouts of the runaway mother whose mobile telephone contacts are all unreachable.
The innocent looking baby is currently in the care of the hospital at the UTH as the mother is nowhere to be found.
First Lady Esther Lungu came into contact with the abandoned baby when she visited the children’s wards to give gifts to the Christmas babies at the hospital.
When the Mrs. Lungu learnt about the abandoned baby in the ward, she immediately announced that she will take up the care of the innocent girl to ensure that she grows up.
Mrs. Lungu said she will ensure that she keeps and raises the abandoned baby girl whether in State House or outside.
She said it was unChristian and evil to abandon innocent children regardless of the circumstances surrounding the family.
She added that babies are a gift from God and deserve parental care from both the mother and the father.
Mrs. Lungu visited and distributed Christmas hampers to all the babies who have been born on Christmas day at the UTH and Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital.
The UTH recorded 13 babies by 12:00 hours while Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital had recorded 7 babies by 11:00 hours.
The First Lady also encouraged a 15-year-old mother, who has also given birth, to return to school once the baby grows up.
A named juvenile mother, who dropped out of school in grade eight at Chimwemwe primary school in Chawama township, has since agreed to return to school.
She said she regrets falling pregnant at a tender age and promised not to go into marriage but continue with her education once the baby is weaned off.
The First Lady also visited the children’s maternity and the mothers’ shelter at Levy hospital and UTH.
Mrs. Lungu was accompanied by Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Kennedy Malama and Ministry and UTH officials.