The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu today carried out the annual routine exercise of visiting the public hospitals in the state capital to present cash and materials gifts to the New year babies.
She earlier today visited the state Mother and Child hospital in Oke-Aro and the Arakale Primary health care Centre where she received eight babies who were delivered between the last hour of the year 2020 and the early hours of the new year.
Addressing the nursing mothers, the Ondo First Lady congratulated them and charged them on the need to nourish the babies by practicing exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the World Health Organisation.
She also emphasised the need for the enforcement of the National Policy on Family Planning which stipulated four as the number of children a couple should produce to ensure adequate care.
“This is an annual ritual, COVID-19 or no COVID-19, having children is a good thing, a blessing to the family and the society, this is one way to appreciate the babies given to us and it is something that I love doing every year.
“I emphasise the number of babies already recommended nationally. It’s a national policy but I know it’s not enforced here effectively. People who have an understanding of what it takes to raise children in this century, know that when you have too many of them, it becomes a problem, so, once you reach that four, make sure you adopt family planning”, she urges mothers.
At the mother and child hospital, four male newly born babies were presented to the First Lady, baby Adeuti Opeyemi was the first one in the New year 2021 delivered around 12:50am, followed by baby Maduagu Esther, baby Olowolade, and the last baby in the year 2020, baby Akingbade.
She also received four babies at the Arakale health centre with baby Olaiya Ibrahim as the first who was delivered at 12:30am.
Mrs Opeyemi Adeuti who responded on behalf of the nursing mothers appreciated the wife of the governor, saying, ” Thank you ma, we really appreciate you ma, may God bless you”.
On the entourage of the First Lady were the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Titi Adeyemi, SSA to the governor on Gender Research and Documentation, Mrs Tope Daniyan, Permanent Secretaries of Ministry of Health, Dr. Dipo Durojaye, of the Hospital Management Board, Dr. Ikuomola, Executive Secretary of the Primary Health care Board, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu, among others.