By Chioma OBINNA
In what seems likeÂ reigns of baby boys, Baby Chibogwou has been announced the first baby of the year out of the total eight babies born in three public hospitals in Lagos State. Baby Chibogwu came at exactly mid night at Ayinke House, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). All the babies delivered were all male and one baby girl.
Baby Chibogwu is the first child of 26 years- old Mrs. Taiwo Chibogwu and Mr. Tony Chibogwu of Delta State. He weighed 3.8 Kilogramme at birth.
According to the hospital officials, baby Chibogwu was delivered through normal delivery without complications.
The second baby of the year was Baby Njoku delivered at 12.01 a.m. at Island Maternity Lagos through caesarian section (CS) and weighed 3.1kilogramme.
Other babies are Baby Bala Joy delivered at 2:17am, Baby Hassan Eke delivered at 4:55am at Island maternity. Baby Oluremi Taiwo delivered at Ifako Ijaiye General Hospital at 12: 04am and weighed 3.4Kilogramme.
Speaking to Vanguard, the Mother of Baby Chibogwu, Mrs. Taiwo Chibogwu who expressed joy at the birth of her baby also regretted that neither she nor her husband is gainfully employed at the moment.
Mrs. Chibogwu hoped that the birth of her baby boy would bring a new song into the marriage that is barely a year old.
Announcing the birth of the first Baby of the year in Lagos, The Wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, who welcomed the babies announced a donation of N50.000 and other gift items to the first baby of the year courtesy of Guaranty Trust Bank.
Mrs. Fashola advised all mothers to take good care of their children and lay a healthy foundation for them through exclusive breast feeding for the first six months after birth and also ensure that they receive all the necessary immunization at the appropriate time.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idria who gave details of the first baby of the year in the state assured Mothers in the state that measures are being put in place to reduce Infant mortality and maternal deaths in the state.
Idris therefore explained that the state decision to rebuild Ayinke house was in the interest of mothers as part of strategies to reduce infant and maternal deaths in the state.
â€œOur intention is to ensure that pregnant women attend antenatal care and this is foremost in our agenda. State Government is focusing seriously to ensure we continue to celebrate a time like this. We are looking at the quality of care and temporary locations of Ayinke hospitals would continue to render the services that the hospital is known for.â€
At Ifako Ijaiye Hospital, where three babies were delivered, first was delivered by 36 years old Mrs. Oluremi Taiwo at 12.04 A.M., the second was by Mrs. Lucy Christopher at 7:30Am amongst others.
Briefing the gathering the Medical Director ofÂ the hospital, Dr. Ibironke Shodende lamented shortage of bed space as not less than 772 babies have been delivered by the hospital from January 2009 to date.