Wives of Lagos, Ogun govs welcome New Year babies
Samson Folarin and Daud Olatunji
THe wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-olu, and her Ogun State counterpart, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, on Wednesday welcomed the first New Year babies in their respective states, showering their parents with gifts.
Mrs Sanwo-olu visited four Lagos health facilities where the babies were born. They are Ijede General Hospital, Agbowa General Hospital, Ketu-ejirin General Hospital and the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital.
Baby Agede (male), who weighed two kilogrammes and was delivered at 12.01am by Mrs. Bukola Agede was the first baby of the year at the Ijede General Hospital.
Another baby, a female, who weighed 3.1kg delivered at 12.07am by Mrs Beauty Agbor, was the first baby of the year at the Agbowa General Hospital.
Also, baby Kazeem, a boy, who weighed 3kg and delivered at 1.40am to the family of Mr and Mrs Kazeem was the first baby of the year at the Ketu-ejirin General Hospital, while the first baby of the year at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital was baby Momoh. The baby, a male who weighed 2.6kg, was delivered at 12.09am by Mrs Mary Momoh.
According to the governor’s wife, the birth of a child does not happen by chance.
“Just as the birth of a healthy baby requires that the mother takes steps to ensure that she lives a healthy life while pregnant and gets skilled care during labour and delivery, we must also play our part to ensure that we live the kind of life that will promote our own welfare and the well-being of our society,” she stated.
She noted that her visit was not only to celebrate with the new mothers, but also to assist them where necessary.
Mrs Sanwo-olu acknowledged the efforts of the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, and his team, for the improvement in the state health sector in the last few months, stressing that his commitment towards infrastructural upgrade, provision of relevant equipment, and human resource development was exemplary.
Mums’ packs, baby essentials and other gifts were presented to the babies and their parents in the four hospitals.
The Ogun State Governor’s wife, Mrs Abiodun, while welcoming the first baby born in her state, charged parents to ensure that they did not compromise exclusive breastfeeding.
The child was born in the Primary Healthcare Centre, Igbogila, in the Yewa North Local Government Area of the Ogun State at 12.01am.
Mrs Abiodun expressed her joy on the arrival of the baby girl, describing her as a great gift to the family, state and the nation at large.
She was represented by a commissioner-designate, Dr Tomi Coker, who appreciated mothers for their roles in society.
The governor’s wife also advised parents to take advantage of the government’s education initiative, describing it as a necessary tool to reach the top.
She presented cash gift and other items to the mother of the baby of the year.