The First Lady Aisha Buhari has welcomed the first baby of the year 2022, in the Federal Capital Territory at the Bwari General Hospital Abuja
The baby which was delivered at exactly 12am with 4kg weight, was born into the family of Mr and Mrs Esther Beemi, an indigene of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Mrs Aisha Buhari who arrived at the Hospital at about 11.30am this morning to visit the first baby of the year with gift Items was represented by the Special Assistant to the President on African First Lady’s Peace Mission, Dr Mairo Al-Makura said child spacing was key to sustaining the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies.
” We called on mother’s accros the country to take adequate care of their babies, ensure their healthy growth and development, they should ensure their babies are immunized as at when due, practice exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months without water and take adequate nutritious food for healthy growth of their babies”
Mrs Buhari appealed to mothers to also ensure a hygienic environment and update their children’s birth records for an accurate database.
“I want to use this platform to call on mothers to note the importance of Anti natal, hospital delivery and post natal care to address the challenges of maternal and child mortality” she said.
The Minister of women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen on the occasion urged mothers to eat nutritious food and observe exclusive breastfeeding for the well-being of their children.
“I therefore enjoin the mother of our first baby to promote exclusive breastfeeding as the first vaccine the baby needs to fight against all forms of diseases”
The Chief Medical Director Bwari General Hospital, Dr Abdullahi Anate who said the baby and mother were in stable condition, appealed for more medical facilities and manpower to take care of patients.
“The baby came out exactly 12am, the baby is a baby boy with 4.1kg weight, the mother had a Ceaserian section during her first delivery, and for this second one we tried to monitor if she can deliver without Ceaserian section, but when we discovered she couldn’t, we had to carry out a CS on her to save baby and mother. The Federal Capital Territory Administration had done a lot, but there is still room for improvement in terms of equipment, additional buildings and other areas”
Responding, the parents of the baby of the year, Mr and Mrs Esther Beemi, expressed gratitude to the first lady for the visit and the gifts.
6 males and 2 female babies were delivered today in the hospital but at different times as at the time of this report.
Highlights of the event was the distribution of gift items such as Baby Cot, Wares, Diapers, Mat, Vaccum Flask, Mosquito Repellent Net and Toiletries among other items were donated to the mothers and babies delivered on the first of January in the facility and other health facilities in the FCT
By Julian Osamoto