JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka
LUSAKAâ€™s University Teaching Hospital (UTH) yesterday recorded 23 New Year babies, including a set of twins.
And a grade seven pupil has delivered a New Year baby in Kabwe.
UTH public relations officer Mwenya Mulenga said in an interview yesterday that out of the 23 babies, 13 are boys and 10 are girls.
â€œWe have 10 girls and 13 boys with the first birth recorded at 00:02 hours. These records are up to 07:35 hours and there is a set of twins,â€ Mr Mulenga said.
And Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu and his wife, Esther, and the United Party for National Development (UPND) womenâ€™s league visited the babies and donated gifts to them.
Mr Lungu urged the women to look after the babies with care and love.
â€œTake care of these babies and make sure you breastfeed them until the doctors tell you to stop. Breast milk has nutrients which are very important to the babiesâ€™ development,â€ he said.
Mr Lungu further said there is need to invest in education and promote information relating to infant mortality rate to ensure women do not labour in vain after giving life.
â€œWe cannot develop at the current high infant mortality rate, so we have to do something about it and education is one way and I think that is why this Government is very keen on having educated citizens,â€ he said.
His wife urged the women to protect the baby girls against defilers, saying protection of girls should start when they are still infants.
UPND womenâ€™s national coordinator Clementina Chipeta said the gifts were handed out to the mothers and children on behalf of UPND president Hakainde Hichilemaâ€™s wife, Mutinta.
Ms Chipeta said it is gratifying to have a baby, especially that the infants were born on New Yearâ€™s Day.
And the Zambia Police Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) lunch hour fellowship donated assorted groceries and toiletries worth K6,000 to UTHâ€™s childrenâ€™s cancer ward.
Fellowship vice-chairperson Rae Hamoonga said the groceries and toiletries will be used as up-keep by mothers tending to their babies.
And a 15-year-old girl of Chief Chamukaâ€™s area in Chisamba is among four women who have given birth to New Year babies at Kabwe General Hospital this year, reports CHAMBO NGâ€™UNI.
Mutinta Hamusande delivered her first-born baby girl weighing 2.9kg at about 06:48 hours.
Mutinta, Grade Seven pupil, delivered through caesarean section.
The first New Year baby girl at Kabwe General Hospital weighing 3.4kg was delivered around 05:27 hours by 32-year-old Thandiwe Sinakampo, through Caesarean section.
The second baby, a boy weighing 4.4kg delivered by Jane Mubenga, 30, around 06:06 hours while a third baby girl weighing 2.9kg was delivered by Onesia Mwandula at 06:45 hours.
Central Province permanent secretary Edwidge Mutale and the Kabwe Ladies Circle Number Six members presented hampers to the mothers who were delighted to have given birth on New Year.
And Livingstone district recorded a total of six babies born at the central hospital and some of the clinics.
A check at Livingstone Central Hospital revealed that there were three New Year babies while Maramba Clinic recorded three babies.
This came to light yesterday when Livingstone mayor Milford Maambo presented New Year baby hampers to the newborn babies at the hospital.
In Chingola, 10 New Year babies were born at Nchanga North General Hospital (NNGH) and Kabundi East and Chawama clinics, respectively.
NNGH recorded two babies, a boy and a girl, and Kabundi East Clinic also recorded two babies, a girl and a boy.
Chawama Clinic in Chiwempala recorded the highest number of babies – four boys and two girls.
JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka