First Baby of the Year – Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Abimbola Fashola, yesterday urged health professionals in Nigeria to work as a team, to improve and strengthen the health sector.
Mrs Abimbola Fashola made the remark during her goodwill visit to public hospitals to welcome the First Baby of the Year, organised by the state government.
She said that cooperation among the health professionals in the hospital, as a workplace, would enhance productivity and also guarantee patients’ satisfaction.
While receiving the first baby of the year, Fashola said parents had a role to play for babies to actualise their potentialities in life.
Mrs Abimbola Fashola urged parents, especially mothers, to be committed to laying good foundation for their children in the first five years of their lives, by making sure all the necessary vaccinations were taken.
The Lagos State First Lady said quality parental care would make children grow to become healthy and successful citizens.
Earlier, Dr Jide Idris, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, said that the event was an annual one to usher in new babies and share in the joy of the New Year.
He also added that there had been tremendous improvements in the health services of the state, through the adoption of solid strategies and interventions.
She urged mothers to access family planning services at the primary health centres for adequate child-spacing and survival, to reduce infant mortality.
A baby boy delivered at 12. 01 a.m. to the Onyejieke family through normal delivery at the Isolo General Hospital, weighing 2.5kg, was declared the first baby of the year.
The Ogunnoiki family also had a baby girl through caesarian section, weighing 2.3kg at 12:01 a.m. at the Island Maternity Hospital.
A baby girl, weighing 3.9kg, was also born to the Mamoud family at the Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle, at 12.05 a.m.
Fashola presented gifts to the mothers and their babies at the hospitals.