The Enugu State government has promised to take adequate care of the wellbeing of the 10-year-old female househelp, Miss Nneoma Nnadi, who was grievously injured and maltreated by her guardians, Mrs. Ifeoma Ozougwu and her husband, Mr. Jude Ozougwu.
The state government also promised to offset her medical bills and ensure that she receives adequate medical attention.
The State Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Princess Peace Nnaji, disclosed this today when she visited the victim who is now receiving treatment at the ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, to ensure that she receives proper medical attention on the directive of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.
The victim, Miss Nneoma was said to have been inflicted with very grievous injuries on her body with a hot iron and nail because the baby belonging to her guardians which she was carrying fell off her hands at about 12am on Friday.
Although nothing happened to the baby, the woman and her husband, who reside at Thinkers Corner, Enugu, and hail from Aku in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area, inflicted various degrees of injuries on the little child, which prompted their arrest by the Enugu State Police Command, and rescue of the victim.
The Enugu Commissioner, Nnaji, who was accompanied by the Chief Medical Director of ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, Prof Hyacinth Onah, to see the abused child, empathized with the victim and her immediate family and promised them that the state government will not take the matter lightly.
“We can never sweep the matter under the carpet. This dastardly act undermines the Child Rights Act which the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration spent millions of naira, time and energy to enact in the collaboration with UNICEF, to make sure that every child in Enugu State is protected, given education, healthcare and right to life, among others,” she said.
She assured that the state government will take care of all the medical bills, facility and everything concerning the victim.
Expressing shock at the ugly experience the traumatized little girl encountered in the hands of her guardians, Nnaji thanked the neighbours for bringing the cruel incident to the public domain.
Responding, the mother of the victim, Mrs. Nnedinso Nnadi, expressed gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi for the state government’s concern and intervention, disclosing that it was a traumatic experience for the child and the entire family and asked God to reward all those who have played roles towards the rescue and treatment of their child.
In his remark, the Chief Medical Director of ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, Prof. Onah, explained that the victim is responding to treatment and taking care of adequately, adding that her chances of a full recovery are high.