By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY-THE first lady of Edo state, Betsy Obaseki has presented gift items to first babies of the year born in different hospitals, as part of the activities to celebrate the new year.
The Edo first lady who spoke at St Philomena Catholic Hospital, Benin City, where she presented some gift items, called for more robust institutional structures to strengthen neonatal healthcare services in the state, stressing the need for closer ties between public and private actors in the health sector to address the challenges.
According to her, the collaboration among health care service providers is needed to reduce the death of babies between 0 to 28 days, in Edo State, and made a case for effective neonatal care units in hospitals.
At the Central Hospital, Benin City and Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Mrs. Obaseki said “the visits to the hospitals were to ensure that babies are delivered under hygienic condition and by skilled manpower.”
The first baby of the year, was delivered at Stella Obasanjo Hospital, to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Aghator Adesewa, at 1:19am. The baby weighed, 3.5kg. The second baby, delivered at Central Hospital, Benin, at 11: 55am, weighed 3.7 kg.