Over 100 babIes were born on Christmas in health facilities in Malawi and First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on Christmas Day cheered mothers and Christmass babies in the maternity ward of Mangochi District Hospital.
At least there were 165 babies born at the hospital between December 20 and December 25, with 24 born on the eve of Christmas.
.Authorities said three babies were delivered through caesarian section.
Madam Mutharika hristened one baby born on Christmas Day, Emmanuella Loveness.
The First lady pesented assorted gifts to both ante and post natal patients. The gifts comprised orange squash, cooking oil, blankets, sugar, buckets, bath and laundry soap.
Speaking in an interview after the visit, Madam Mutharika said she decided to cheer patients at the hospital considering that the period of Christmas was meant to be for sharing whatever little one had.
“I am making this visit to the hospital on the understanding that the festive period is supposed to be a period of sharing and I would encourage people of good will to consider visiting people in hospital and prison because such people cannot celebrate the season with their families,” she said.
“I decided to come here to share with the patients, especially mothers who have given birth and those who are in labour the joy and happiness of Christmas and also encourage them that they will soon be discharged from the hospital,” she said.
District Health Officer for Mangochi, Dr. William Peno, commended the First Lady for taking time during her Christmas holiday to cheer the sick at the hospital, saying the facility is usually overwhelmed with high numbers of patients.-Reporting by Mana/Nyasa Times