Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, on Friday, urged nursing mothers to breastfeed their babies for six months and come back to thank her when they are healthy and good looking.
She was speaking at separate visits to Epe General Hospital, Ibeju Lekki General Hospital and Lagos Island Maternity Hospital where she presented gifts to the first babies born in the early hours of the New Year.
Mrs. Ambode, said one of the greatest gifts of God to humanity is the birth of a new baby and reminded that God does not forget or abandon his own.
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“The birth of a new baby is no doubt a sign that God does not forget or abandon his own, hence his magnanimity in making people flourish by enabling and allowing new babies come into the earth,” she said.
She congratulated the health family for the re-appointment of Dr. Jide Idris as the Commissioner for Health and Dr. Femi Onanuga as Special Adviser on Primary Healthcare, saying the duo are crusaders of change in the health sector.
Mrs. Ambode expressed optimism that their wealth of experience have been brought to bear in the delivery of qualitative healthcare and upgrade of facilities in the general hospitals and healthcare centres in the state.
She also expressed gratitude to corporate organisations and individuals who have continued to support the health family over the years as part of their corporate social responsibility, just as she urged others to emulate the good gesture, which according to her would boost the health care delivery system in the state.
Mrs Ambode thereafter presented gifts to Mrs. Amarachi Bright, who delivered a baby girl at Epe General Hospital at 12.01 am, Mrs. Adeleke Abosede that also delivered a baby girl at exact 12:03am in Ibeju Lekki General Hospital and Mrs Okunowo Oluwakemi at Lagos Island Maternity Hospital to a baby boy at 12:01am.
She congratulated the parents and prayed that the babies would fulfill their destinies on earth just as she lauded the effort of National Population Commission (NPC) for their physical presence which added colour to the ceremony with the instant registration and issuance of birth certificate to the babies.