Newborn retrieved from a pit latrine in Kitwe

By Staff Reporter

The Zambia Police and Kitwe Fire Brigade officers yesterday retrieved a newborn dumped in a pit latrine in Kitwe’s Saint Anthony area.

Kitwe City Council Public Relations Manager Roy Kuseka confirmed the incident saying the baby was retrieved around 07:30 hours after the Zambia police failed to secure its safety and later called for assistance from the Fire Brigade.

“Yes, this morning, the Kitwe Fire Brigade was called in by the police to retrieve a baby that was dumped in the pit latrine. The time the baby was picked, it was still alive and we have since handed it over to medical personnel at Kitwe Teaching Hospital for observation,” Kuseka said.

And Kitwe Teaching Hospital (KTH) public relations officer Phebby Chileya said the baby girl who was taken to the hospital around 8:00 hours yesterday morning had a low temperature but has since stabilized after putting it in an incubator.

Chileya revealed that the baby was weighing about a kilogramme and was responding well to medical care.