The first baby of the year 2020 in Ondo State arrived at 12.02 a.m at Mother and Child Hospital, Oke-Aro, Akure, Ondo State. At Comprehensive Health Centre, Arakale, the First Baby of the year was given birth to at 1.10 a.m.
These were disclosed by the Chief Medical Director of Mother and Child Hospital, Dr. (Mrs) Banke Oluwafemi and Dr. Ojo Olumuyiwa, the PHC Director for Akure South local government, during the Annual First Baby Of The Year Celebration by the wife of the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Her Excellency, Arabinrin Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, held at both the Mother and Child Hospital, Oke-Aro and Comprehensive Health Centre, Arakale both in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.
The annual event, which featured presentation of gifts items in the spirit of the season, was attended by the Honorable Commissioner for Health, Ondo State, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro; the Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Dipo Durojaiye; the Permanent Secretary of Ondo State Hospitals’ Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola; the Executive Secretary of Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (OSPHCDA), Dr. Francis Adegoke Akanbiemu and top Directors of the Agency, among others.
Also present were the Chairman of Akure South Local Government Area, Barrister Gbenga Olaniyi and his wife; the wife of the Honorable Commissioner for Health and Members of FOWOSO – Forum of Wives of Ondo State Officials.
In all, 10 children were presented with gifts on the occasion. Five children, including twins, delivered at M&H, Oke-Aro, Akure. Also, five children were presented with gifts at CHC, Arakale.
In her remarks at the event, the wife of the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arabinrin Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, congratulated the mothers of the newborns and encouraged them to take advantage of the free health services of State government to ensure that their children remained healthy.
She encouraged the mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding to ensure that their children remained healthy. She also enjoined husbands to always stand by their wives, together bringing up their children to become responsible adults.
According to WHO, “exclusive breastfeeding means that the infant receives only breast milk. No other liquids or solids are given – not even water – with the exception of oral rehydration solution, or drops/syrups of vitamins, minerals or medicines.”Definition of Exclusive Breastfeeding by World Health Organization
Gifts were also presented to the 2nd and 3rd babies of the year, the last baby of the year 2019 and Christmas baby – the baby born on Christmas day. The events took place in both health facilities.
Mrs. Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu did not limit her kind gesture to only the babies mentioned above. She went around the wards to greet all the mothers who were present and later made a cash gift to all the mothers and their babies regardless of the time of arrival of the babies.
The First Lady also commended the staff of the health facilities for their hard-work and dedication to duty and encouraged them not to relent in ensuring that quality health service was delivered to the people.
Highlights of the occasion included the presentation of gifts to the First Lady by Akure South Local Government Primary Health Care Authority. Also, the Honourable Commissioner for Health, the Executive Secretary of OSPHCDA and the Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission were all presented with New Year gifts.