Limpopo welcomes 276 Christmas babies
Polokwane – Limpopo MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba revealed that a total of 276 babies were delivered in provincial public health institutions on Christmas Day. Of these, 128 were boys while 148 were girls. A further 233 babies (113 boys and 120 girls) were delivered during the New Year celebrations on Friday 1 January 2021.
The MEC expressed her gratitude to all midwives and doctors for the role they played in ensuring the safe delivery of the healthy babies – particularly at a time when the province and the rest of the country was grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, MEC Ramathuba expressed concern with the fact that 41 and 27 girls became teenage mothers on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day respectively. She said it was disturbing that girls as young as 15-years-old became mothers while others from the ages of 17 to 19 delivered babies for the second or even third time.
She said that the department is facing many challenges as a result of teenage mothers – many of whom were not emotionally or financially prepared to meet the demands of raising children. The MEC called upon society to help and support government to fight teen pregnancies. She also urged parents against pushing their teenage children to consider having babies with a view of benefiting from child support grants.
“Girls and boys must remain at school and avoid engaging in sexual activities to avoid not just unwanted pregnancies, but also sexual transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV. We are worried that it is at our public hospitals that we see this happening and not in private hospitals.”
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