By Peter Akpak, Ogoja
A mentally deranged woman known as Mama Blessing has giving birth on the streets of Cross River State.
The woman, age 30 delivered a bouncing baby girl at the weekend at Ijiraga community in Ukelle, Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State.
CALABAR REPORTERS leant that the mentally challenged woman is an indigene of Kakwagom community in Boki Local government Area of Cross River State.
An eyewitness, Emmanuel Egbara said the woman later received aid, but under persuasion after she chased on everyone that got closer to her.
“Mama Blessing, as the Ijiraga people calls her was walking the streets pregnant, though many wondered who could’ve done such a thing to her. She was even seen yesterday walking, but straining as no one expected she’ll give birth today.
“When people discovered she had given birth, they rushed to help her, but she violently prevented them from getting near her and the baby. She later gave in when officers of the Cross River State Child Protection Commission, CPC approached her in the company of some community care givers.
“She agreed to be taken to the Hospital, but refused to hand over her child to anyone.
Before now, the woman was undergoing antenatal care at the Ijiraga health centre under the watch and care of the Cross River State Child Protection Commission,” Egbara said.
Speaking with newsmen, the Chairperson of CPC, Chief (Mrs.) Theresa Ezama, said that her commission was informed about the incident and quickly moved in to rescue the “mother and child”.
She added that, “we tried to take the baby from the mentally ill woman because she was manhandling the child in an attempt to breastfeed her.”
Mrs. Ezama however said that information from the Hospital indicated that the baby is doing well, adding that the Commission is mobilising resources for the woman to be referred to a psychiatric facility.
“Though the woman is a stranger in Ijiraga community, but the commission would not allow the baby and the mother to perish on the streets,” she said.
Ezama further disclosed that the Commission has purchased whatever the baby needs, including some toiletries and other personal effects for the woman and established a contact that has linked her with her family.
“The commission will do everything possible to rehabilitate the woman from her present situation. We will contact other relevant agencies for support and we strongly believe that with God, our efforts will yield positively”, she said.