Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, yesterday welcomed the birth of the first baby of the year 2018, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Master Owoichoya Daniel Okpe, who was born at about 12:03am on the New Year Day to Mr. Okpe Joseph Onoja and Mrs. Olufisayo Onoja.
The baby, who weighed six pounds at the time of his birth, was born through Caesarean Section at the Bwari General Hospital.
Mrs. Buhari who was represented by former deputy governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, presented the baby and his parents assorted gifts and undisclosed amount of money.
Speaking to newsmen at the hospital, the father of the baby, Mr. Okpe Joseph Onoja, appreciated the wife of the president for the kind gesture shown him and his family, and prayed for the quick recovery of the first family’s ailing son, Yusuf Buhari.
Explaining how the search for the first baby of the year was carried out, Dr. Osagie Osayande, medical director of the Bwari General Hospital, told newsmen that emissaries were dispatched to various hospitals across the Federal Capital Territory to keep watch on the exact time at which the various births occurred.
He said that at the end of the checks, Bwari General Hospital was found to have produced the first baby of the year in the FCT.
Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, who was represented by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Youth Development, Mrs. Ifeoma Muoghalu, urged nursing mothers at the hospital to maintain good personal hygiene even as she urged them to practice baby-friendly method of breastfeeding. She also supervised the giving of gifts to all the nursing mothers who were delivered of their babies on New Year’s Day.
Secretary to the Board of the Hospital, Mrs. Amanda Pam, also appreciated the wife of the president for the kind gesture shown the nursing mothers at the hospital, and enjoined Nigerians to keep on praying for the speedy recovery of Yusuf Buhari.
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