Limpopo’s Xmas baby boom

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Limpopo province saw 112 Christmas babies born from midnight until noon, the provincial health department said. File image by Elisabet Ottosson

Johannesburg – Limpopo province saw 112 Christmas babies born from midnight until noon, the provincial health department said on Wednesday.

“Fifty-two of them are boys and 60 girls,” spokeswoman Adele van der Linde said in a statement.

“Dilokong Hospital in the Sekhukhune District was blessed with twins – a boy and a girl, born to Annah Maophanga just after 3am this morning.”

The first Christmas baby born in the province was a boy born at midnight in the Matlala Hospital in the Sekhukhune District.

The department congratulated all the mothers and wished them a merry Christmas.

Various MECs would be handing over donated hampers to the mothers of babies born in various hospitals.

Meanwhile, Gauteng health MEC Hope Papo was expected to visit Christmas babies born at Dr George Mukhari Hospital, in Garankuwa north of Pretoria.

“The arrival of a new baby heralds the beginning of joy. This joy is multiplied when the baby arrives on Christmas Day,” the department said in a statement.

“In the true spirit of Christmas they will shower the babies with gifts.

“The MEC also (like to) take this time to thank hospital staff that works with dedication to ensure that hospitals are places where quality health care is rendered at all times, including festive holidays.”

KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo was expected to visit the King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex in Sydenham, Berea.

Dhlomo would welcome new born Christmas babies and give the babies gifts.

“Each year, hundreds of women and children die from preventable incidences due to among others non-attendance of antenatal clinic,” Dhlomo said in a statement. – Sapa

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