Wives of La­gos, Ogun govs wel­come New Year ba­bies

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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.

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