A young woman, about 30 years, believed to be mentally deranged at the weekend gave birth to a baby girl at Ave-Xevi in the Akatsi North District of the Volta Region.
The madwoman, who gave her name as Kimmy Fuabode, a Nigerian, violently prevented people from getting near her and the baby but later gave in when officers of the Department of Social Welfare approached her in the company of some police officers.
She agreed to be taken to the Volta Regional Hospital but refused to hand over her child to anyone.
Madam Linda Quist, District Director of the Department of Social Welfare told Ghana News Agency that her outfit was informed about the incident and quickly moved in to rescue the ‘mother and child’.
She said they tried to take the baby from the madwoman because she was manhandling the child in an attempt to breastfeed her.
Madam Quist however said information from the Hospital indicated that the baby is doing well.
Mr James Gunu, District Chief Executive said the Assembly is mobilising resources for the woman to be referred to a psychiatric facility.
He said though the woman is a stranger in the District, the Assembly would not allow the baby and mother to ‘perish’ in the streets.
Mr Gunu said the Assembly is considering purchasing some toiletries and other personal effects for the woman before sending her to a psychiatric hospital.
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