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Rotary celebrates first female baby of the year

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
07 January 2023   |   4:02 am
Passionate about the female folk, the Imaginative District Governor of District 9110, Rotary International, Rotarian Omotunde Lawson, has visited and presented gifts to the first female baby of the year born at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. Accompanied by Rotarians from the District, she was welcomed by the Chief Medical Director, LASUTH,…

Passionate about the female folk, the Imaginative District Governor of District 9110, Rotary International, Rotarian Omotunde Lawson, has visited and presented gifts to the first female baby of the year born at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

Accompanied by Rotarians from the District, she was welcomed by the Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Adetokunbo Fabamwo, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, among other management staff at the Ayinke House.

Among items delivered to the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit of the hospital were phototherapy machines, examination coaches and baby weight scales while basic newborn needs were presented to the first female baby of the year and other babies born within the period.

According to Lawson, the visit was in line with the theme of the Rotary Year, ‘Imagine Rotary’.

She said: “I want it to be symbolic and I happen to be the first female DG in my district in 42 years. So, I need more female children who are brought into this world to have opportunity just like I do.

“All over the world, women are marginalised; it is no longer news that where the opportunities and facilities are men are pushed forward first. Even parents in their homes promote their male children believing that the role of females is to be in kitchen and nurse too.

“And then, the story began to change at some point and so I feel that everyone should speak with the same voice and insist that women should be liberated and be who they should be. After all, when women are placed in the same position like their male counterpart, they do better; why then limit their potential and all the ideas they have to improve the quality of lives of people.”

Lawson added that Rotary is a continuum, saying she hopes that the club would take on and sustain the project. She also said she was looking forward to embarking on more women-oriented projects including a free fibroid surgery later this year.

In response, Fabamwo noted that the initiative was a laudable one. He said that even though the hospital welcomed a set of triplets as the first babies of the year, Lawson insisted on the first female baby of the year, which they have obliged.

Reeling out the achievements of the hospital, he said there were 22 consultants in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, noting that some states couldn’t boast of one.

He also noted that females were taking over as they make up a better number in the team. “We had an interview few weeks ago for a resident doctor. All the applicants were women and you could see how agile and ready they were to deliver,” she added.

In her remarks, an elated mother of the first female baby, Omiri Deborah Abiodun said: “I am so happy and honoured to be visited and given these gifts because I know how much these items cost. I know the country is very hard. They have done so well.”