The birth of at least 200 babies was witnessed across Anambra State on New Year’s day, according to the wife of the governor, Mrs. Margret Obi.
The governor’s wife made the disclosure while presenting gift items and undisclosed amount of cash to 15 of the babies in Awka, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The presentation of gifts was done across the three senatorial zones of the state.
Represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Henrietta Agbata, Mrs Obi said no fewer than 200 women were delivered of babies on January 1 in the state.
She urged the mothers to exclusively breastfeed the babies for at least six months.
The state’s first baby of the year was a female, named Chinemerem Ezinwanne.
She was delivered at the Primary Health Centre, Awka, at exactly 12 midnight and weighed 3.2kg.
Her parents, Mr Oliver and Mrs Ebele Ezinwanne from Okpo village, Ekwulobia, expressed happiness over the cash and gifts from the governor’s wife.
Other babies who received gifts from the governor’s wife include Chinualumogu Chukwu, a male baby delivered at the Holy Rosary Specialist Hospital and Maternity, Waterside, Onitsha at 1.58 a.m., weighed 3.5kg.
Another New Year baby, Favour Ezeani, a female, weighed 3.7kg and was delivered at 2.05 a.m. at Enugu-Ukwu General Hospital.
The parents of Chinualumogu, from Nibo in Awka South and Abagana in Njikoka Local Council areas respectively, thanked the governor’s wife for the gesture.
Some of the items donated to the babies included diapers, toiletries, beverages, cartons of milk, clothes, sanitary pads and blankets.