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Central Province records 31 Christmas babies

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Central Province has recorded a total of 31 Christmas babies as at 12:00 hours today.

Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe says Kabwe alone has recorded nine babies born on Christmas day in various health institutions out of the 31 babies recorded throughout the province.

Mr. Chileshe said this when he visited various health posts in Kabwe where he also gave baby hampers to Christmas babies.

He has since commended the medical personal at Kabwe mine hospital, Kabwe central hospital, Kasanda health center and Makululu health center for their hard work and cleanliness.

And Youths for Change Director visited Kabwe central hospital and donated a cake and other food stuffs for children admitted to the health institution.

Bishop Joseph Ndashe flanked by his wife Dorothy Ndashe give Christmas gift to a patient Esther Zulu at Liteta Hospital during the giving of Christmas presents
Bishop Joseph Ndashe flanked by his wife Dorothy Ndashe give Christmas gift to a patient Esther Zulu at Liteta Hospital during the giving of Christmas presents

In Luanshya, the own has recorded 10 Christmas babies who were born at Thompson district hospital, Roan General hospital and Malaika clinic.

The first Christmas baby, a boy, was born at 00:07 at Malaika clinic from Racheal Nkalamu, who thanked God for the birth of her child.

Thompson hospital recorded four births between 00:30 and 06: 00 hours and was scheduled to deliver three other through caesarean section during the day, while Roan hospital recorded four births around 10:00 hours.

Luanshya District Commissioner Joel Chibuye congratulated the parents of the Christmas babies whom he urged to nurture their children into responsible adults.

The District Commissioner, who exchanged pleasantries with the mothers and hospital staff, said Christmas babies were special and deserved to be shown love apart from being given support as future leaders.

He further urged the district health administration to include births from all health posts as they too were Christmas babies.

He said the medical staff should remain dedicated to duty and represent government effectively.

Mr. Chibuye later donated baby humpers to seven of the babies and took time to check the operations of other hospital wings apart from the maternity wards.

He was however impressed with the smooth delivery of health care to patients in all the health institutions he visited.

He also visited Central police station to check the crime incidences during Christmas eve.

One toad traffic accident was recorded in which an unnamed juvenile of Kawama township was hit by a minibus whose driver is unidentified but is in police custody.

Other incidences included 65 people arrested for loitering.

Bishop Joseph Ndashe flanked by his wife Dorothy Ndashe give Christmas gift to a patient Esther Zulu at Liteta Hospital during the giving of Christmas presents
Bishop Joseph Ndashe flanked by his wife Dorothy Ndashe give Christmas gift to a patient Esther Zulu at Liteta Hospital during the giving of Christmas presents

And in Livingstone, Mayor Eugene Mapuwo has today handed out Christmas gift hampers to 4 newly born babies at the Livingstone Central Hospital.

Mr. Mapuwo visited the hospital early today and handed out gift hampers to the mothers of the new born babies.

Two of the babies are girls and the other two are boys.

The Mayor encouraged the mothers to take care of themselves and their babies.

Mr. Mapuwo urged other stakeholders to remember mothers and appreciate them during the festive season.

And in an interview with ZANIS in Livingstone, Midwife-In-Charge Elebetty Chaambwa said the hospital recorded four births but expected to have more by the end of the day.

Ms. Chaambwa said the first baby, who is male, was born at 01:07 from Ms. Mary Phiri aged 31.

She said the second baby, a female, was born at 02:47 from Ms. Jessy Tembo, 35, while the third baby, also female, was born at 07:06 from Ms. Victoria Sinchindu.

She said the fourth baby, a boy was born at 07:20 from Ms. Erica Munchanga.

Also present at the hospital were students from Mulungushi University who were donating maternity and sanitary items to the women in the maternity ward.

The students, under the leadership of their Dean Dr. Gibson Sijumbila, founding Dean of Mulungushi University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, donated bathing soap, methylated spirit and cotton wool among other goods worth about K5,000.

The items were presented by the students’ representative, Blessed Sithole.

The gesture was initiated by the students as a way of giving back to the community during the festive season.

In solwezi, Mayor Nicholas Mukumbi has presented hampers to three babies at Solwezi General Hospital, Kazomba and Urban clinics.

Mr. Mukumbi congratulated the mothers saying it was a blessing to have babies on Christmas day.

Meanwhile, the mothers thanked the mayor for the gifts and urged him to continue with the spirit of giving.

The three mothers are Theresa Daka, Barbara Moba and Catherine Kasaka who gave birth at 02:10, 03:20, and 04:35 hours to babies weighing 3.3 kilogrammes, 3.1 kilogrammes and 4.2 kilogrammes respectively.

Mr. Mukumbi has meanwhile appealed to the business community to assist with the completion of the mothers’ shelter at Solwezi General Hospital which was started by Chabanga Lodge.

He said the facility needs agent attention as its completion has stalled.

Mr. Mukumbi said the council will also find ways to help through the development funds so that the people taking care of patients can have better place to stay.

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