Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan
Ondo records first baby too
Patrick Ugeh and James Sowole in Akure with agency reports
Wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, Tuesday welcomed the first baby of 2013 born in Abuja.
In Ondo State, Adedeji was announced as the first baby of the year out of the total five that were born at the state Specialist Hospital, Akure, the state capital.
However, Mrs Kikelomo Badejo, whose baby was born at 12:10 a.m. at the National Hospital, Abuja weighed 4.13kg and was given the first baby of the year certificate by Jonathan.
President Jonathan advised her to raise the baby boy, Oluwanifemi, in the fear of God.
“As a mother, I’m happy for you and I urge that you train the baby in the fear of the Lord,” she said. Congratulating her, the First Lady thanked God for the baby’s safe delivery and prayed for His protection over the newborn.
Jonathan urged love and brotherliness in the New Year and prayed for the country.
“We all need to thank God for keeping us alive because we are not better than those that did not see today,” she stated. “I will like to use this opportunity to urge all Nigerians to walk in love; with love we can surmount any situation.
“If we love one another, the transformation agenda of Mr President, will move swiftly, one man cannot develop the country, we need to stay connected in order to move forward.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) spoke with Dr Daudu Katagum, the Obstetrician/Gynaecologist of the hospital, who stressed the need for pregnant women to have regular ante-natal care.
“Regular ante-natal is very important,” Jonathan said. “We knew her history and we had the reservation that there might be an emergency because of the mother’s height so the theatre was ready. “Short people in some cases have complications because their babies tend to be bigger than their pelvis. “When this baby breached, we were ready and we’re happy everything came out well.’’ The mother of the child, who works with an Indian firm, told NAN that the baby was in a normal position when he suddenly turned and had to be delivered via a caesarian section. “I’m elated because I’ve had three girls, this is my fourth child and it turns out to be a boy. “I am also delighted he came on the 1st of January and will be meeting the First Lady today,’’ Badejo added.
NAN reports that the second baby came in at 1:35am also at the National Hospital.
Meanwhile, hospital officials said Adedeji was delivered through normal delivery without complications.
The second baby of the year was Baby Umaru delivered at 6:45 a.m. and weighed 2.8kilogramme.
The first baby was presented with cash and gifts by the wife of the state Governor, Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko, along with other babies.
The governor’s wife, who was represented by the wife of the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mrs. Nireti Akinsuyi, advised mothers to take good care of their children and lay a healthy foundation for them through exclusive breast feeding for the first six months after birth and also ensure that they receive all the necessary immunisation at the appropriate time.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, who gave details of the first baby of the year assured mothers that measures had been put in place to reduce infant mortality and maternal deaths in the state.