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28.12.2007 Social News

Christmas babies in Ghanaian hospitals

A number of births were recorded at various hospitals throughout the country on Christmas Day.

Sixteen babies, made up of nine males and seven females, were delivered at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on Christmas Day.

Eight of the babies were delivered the normal way, while the rest were delivered through Caesarean section.

Mrs Florence Adjei, a Senior Nursing Officer (SNO), and Mrs Rizwana Hawa Amoako-Adjei a Midwifery Officer, who spoke to the Daily Graphic, said the first baby, a female, came into the world four minutes past midnight. Her mother is 32-year-old Mrs Gifty Richter.

Mrs Richter thanked God for answering her prayers by giving her a baby girl as a Christmas present.

Out of the 16 babies delivered at the Ridge Hospital on Christmas Day, 13 were males.

The nurse in charge at the Maternity Ward, Mrs Rebecca Lakai, said the babies and their mothers were doing well. Five of them were born through Caesarean section.

At the Police Hospital, two males and five females (including a set of twins) were delivered, while the La General Hospital recorded 12 births, comprising four males and eight females.

In another development, it was noted that some busy areas in Accra, namely, the Ministries area, the Spintex Road, the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and the Graphic Road were free from human and vehicular traffic.

There was however, brisk business at the Makola Market as buyers and sellers were engaged in serious trading.

Some traders who spoke to this paper said although the prices of goods had been hiked because of the Christmas, sales were generally good.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) reports that five women were delivered of babies at the Kwahu Government Hospital and the Holy Family Hospital at Atibie and Nkawkaw, respectively, on Christmas Day.

The babies were made up of four females and a male.

Three of the deliveries, one through Caesarean section, occurred at the Kwahu Government Hospital while the remaining two took place at the Holy Family Hospital.

Mrs Elizabeth Oware-Antwi, a Principal Midwifery Superintendent in charge of the Labour Ward of the Kwahu Government Hospital, disclosed this to the GNA at Atibie.

She said the Caesarean operation was a referral case from the Kwahu Tafo Catholic Clinic and that all the babies were healthy and doing well.

In Tamale, 12 babies, nine males and three females, including a set of twins, were born in two hospitals on Christmas Day, with one of them a stillbirth.

The Tamale Teaching Hospital recorded 10 deliveries, including a set of female twins and an unsuccessful Caesarean section, which was a male stillbirth, while the Tamale West Hospital recorded two male births.

Madam Zuwera Amadu, the Senior Midwife on duty at the Labour Ward of the Tamale West Hospital, told the GNA that the hospital recorded the first baby at 2.30 a.m., while the second baby was born at 3.56 a.m.