On Christmas Day, 188 babies were born at Western Cape Department of Health public health facilities run across the province. By midnight, a total of 122 boys and 66 girls had been born.
At midnight, a baby girl was delivered at Groote Schuur Hospital, becoming the first child to be welcomed on Christmas day.
She was born to Stella Masunda, weighing 3.130 kg. A minute later, the department reported that Miché Prins, a new mother, had given birth to a second baby girl at Groote Schuur Hospital, weighing 3.2 kg.
“Our message to all new parents is that of the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life (from inception to two years old). Provide your baby with a safe environment and good nutrition,” the provincial health department said.
It also encouraged all new parents to make sure their children have received all of the recommended vaccinations and to actively participate in their development by talking to them and assisting them in meeting milestones.
“The Department of Health looks forward to joining you on this journey,” it added.
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