Ambode’s wife celebrates Babies of the Year at Island Maternity, others
Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has advised mothers in the state to immunize their children against killer diseases.
She gave the advice at the Badagry General Hospital, venue of the first- baby- of- the- year celebration in the state. Lagos State celebrates the first baby born from midnight on New Year eve.
She stressed that nursing mothers should take advantage of routine immunisation provided by the state government through the primary healthcare centres to protect their children.
She also counselled parents on the importance of birth registration upon delivery and used the opportunity to call on other organizations to step up their corporate social responsibility efforts on worthy causes.
‘I would like to encourage mothers to always ensure that children have the full complement of routine immunization available in all the primary healthcare centres across the state, and to also make good use of family planning services’.
She thanked the corporate organisations that had partnered all the hospitals chosen for the first baby of the year programme and the state government in the pursuit of excellent healthcare delivery.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, noted that the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was committed to meeting the health needs of Lagos residents.
He disclosed that the state had recruited 381 officers of various cadres during the year, to improve the work force, stressing that the state would continue to stimulate quality health service poised to address existing health gaps.
Mother’s packs, baby essentials and other baby gifts were presented to the babies and their parents by the wife of the governor.
Thanking Mrs. Ambode on behalf of other parents, Mrs. Grace Ezekiel, expressed joy and prayed for the first family and the state.
The three hospitals visited were Badagry General Hospital, Amuwo Odofin Maternal and Child Care Centre and the lsland Maternity. The first baby was delivered in Badagry and Island Maternity at 12:01a.m. simultaneously, both male, weighing 2.8kg and 3.1kg respectively.