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First Lady puts smiles on mothers

FIRST Lady Esther Lungu yesterday put smiles on the faces of mothers of babies born on Christmas Day at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) when she presented them with assorted gifts.
Mrs Lungu partnered with the Ministry of Health and University Teaching Hospital (UTH) to share the joy of commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ with the surprised mothers.
She led the combined team from the three institutions and presented baby hampers which included bathing sets, clothes and pushchairs work K25,000 to 15 male and female babies born between midnight and 09:00 hours on Christmas Day.
Speaking after the donation, Mrs Lungu said the gesture was done in remembrance of what God’s love has done for humankind through the death of Jesus Christ.
“Christmas is a time to behave decently and give especially to the less-privileged in our communities. Let’s stick to the good morals that Jesus Christ demonstrated to us. The smile on the mothers’ faces warmed my heart,” she said.
Mrs Lungu urged Zambians to be responsible as they celebrate Christmas and be role models worldwide as is expected of a Christian nation.
She said parents should take care of their children and provide the necessary basic needs and counsel them against patronising the streets.
Mrs Lungu also said alcohol abuse is a major fuel of gender-based violence in homes, a vice that tortures children mentally and drives them to find comfort in the street.
She advised parents to refrain from drunkenness and provide an   environment that is conducive to support development in children.
Mrs Lungu said the Esther Lungu Foundation will intensify women empowerment, promote girl-child education and work with the physically challenged in 2017.
She praised the media for its work and urged them to continue reporting responsibly to enhance economic growth.
UTH acting managing director Laston Chikoya commended Mrs Lungu for partnering with the hospital and the Ministry of Health to donate to the babies born during the festive season.
Mr Chikoya also commended government for the effort in improving working conditions for UTH employees.
One of the beneficiaries, Jessica Mwape, praised Mrs Lungu for remembering babies that were born on Christmas Day and the work she is doing for children and women in Zambia.
Meanwhile, Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has given hampers to 10 Christmas babies at Mansa General Hospital in Luapula Province.
Around 06:00 hours, two Christmas babies, both boys, had been born while the other eight were born a few minutes before midnight.
Dr Chilufya said Christmas babies are a blessing and that it was important to celebrate them with their families.
From Kabwe CHAMBO NG’UNI reports that Kabwe General Hospital has this year recorded four Christmas babies while Kabwe Mine Hospital has not recorded any delivery.
Kabwe General Hospital medical superintendent George Chipulu informed acting Central Province permanent secretary Felix Mang’wato and Kabwe district commissioner Dominic Mulenga yesterday that two of the babies were males and the other two females.
One boy was born to Patricia Sheboko and the other to Felistus Nyirongo.
The girls were born to Racheal Sakala and Lonely Nachila.

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