The Western Cape’s Department of Health says 175 babies were born on New Years Day at various public health facilities in the Western Cape.
According to the Department of Health 93 of the babies born were boys, while 82 girls were born. The first baby, a boy, was born at Mowbray Maternity Hospital at 00:03, weighing 4390 g and 50 cm in length.
The second was also a boy, born at Karl Bremer Hospital at 00:04, weighing 3620 g and 51 cm in length, while the third baby was a girl born at Helderberg Hospital at 00:36, weighing 4330 g, and 55.4 cm in length. The Tygerberg Hospital also welcomed a set of twin girls.
Provincial Health Minister, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, has congratulated the families of the newborns indicating that a child’s health is most vulnerable during the first 1 000 days of its life, as this period, from conception until a child’s second birthday, offers a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures.
“We as the Western Cape Government Health are excited to be part of this journey, from your baby’s first immunisation to their first steps; we are here to support you. I encourage all parents to remember the importance of the first 1000 days of a child’s life.
“It is important to create a nurturing and healthy environment for your baby along with good nutrition, which can impact on a child’s ability to develop and learn. Ensure that your baby is fully immunised and follow the advice of health workers at your local clinic,” Mbombo said.