Baby Oyintari goes for Reconstructive Surgery in India
Baby Oyintari a 9month old baby whose genital organ was allegedly chopped off by his step-grandfather in Ondewari, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has finally been flown to India for reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Rachel Dickson presenting travel documents to Baby Oyintari’s parents
The surgery is sponsored by the Bayelsa State Government through the office of the First Lady, Dr. (Mrs.) Rachel Dickson who presented the cheque of N6m and travelling documents to the parents of Baby Oyintari in Government House.
Earlier in February this year, the media was awash with the story of circumcision gone bad where his step grand-father allegedly chopped off the genital organ of the baby boy.
NGOs that raised alarm over the incident include the International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, Bayelsa State branch and Face Initiative.
The NGOs visited the baby at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa and presented cash to support the parents to provide immediate medical treatment for the boy before lodging a petition at the Bayelsa State Police Command for the immediate arrest of the step grand father.
Mr. Amba Asuquo, Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State gave immediate orders for his arrest.
FIDA Bayelsa in collaboration with NMA and the MEDIA took steps to raise publuc awareness on the condition of Baby Oyintari and FIDA Bayelsa opened a bank account where well meaning individuals in society could make contributions for further urgent medical need of the child.
The body of female lawyers took Baby Oyintari’s case to Her Excellency, Dr. Rachel Dickson through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
Baby Oyintare has since been under protective custody of the Bayelsa State First Lady, Dr. Dickson before flying him to India for reconstructive surgery.
However, the matter has been investigated by police and charged to court.
In a chat with newsmen on the news of the medical treatment abroad, Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, Chairperson of FIDA Bayelsa state promised that the branch will pursue the matter to its logical conclusion and get justice for baby Oyintare.