When a mother’s lap should be the refuge for a child, a seven-month-old baby boy at Dhaka Medical College Hospital was forced to find refuge elsewhere.
The ill-fated child was yesterday spotted lying alone on the floor of the hospital’s dental ward around 8:30am with none coming to search for him.
The abandoned child has been kept in children’s ward of the hospital as he is undergoing treatment of fever.
The Ansar members at DMCH first came across the boy with a bag full of child dresses beside him.
Abdul Khaleq, chief of Ansar staff at the hospital, told the Dhaka Tribune he first noticed the boy lying on the floor of the hospital’s Dental Ward around 8:30am.
Suspicion arose as no one was seen near the baby, he said.
“I waited for half an hour, but nobody came to look for the child. Later, I entrusted the baby to two Ansar members. Two hours passed by, but still none came to take the child,” added Khaleq.
“We also canvassed every corner of the hospital in search of the child’s guardians, but none came to take responsibility for the innocent boy.”
Khaleq said as per the directive of DMCH Director Brig Gen Mostafizur Rahman he admitted the boy to the children’s ward.
He said primarily they suspected that the guardians of the child might have left him abandoned as there was a bag full of children’s wear near the boy. Besides, the head of the child was abnormally a little larger than usual, he added.
Dr Naznin of the children’s unit said the boy had no serious disease, but a little fever, and for this reason, he was referred to admission.
Asked about steps to rehabilitate the innocent child, Khaleq said: “If the parents of the boy came to us and produced valid proof of identity, we would give the child to them.” Until then, the seven-month-old would be undergoing treatment at the hospital, he added.