In the spirit of the new year celebrations, Mr Asuquo Ekpenyong was invited to the Labour Ward of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital to felicitate with the family of the first baby of 2023.
Mr Ekpenyong, his wife and daughter were received by the hospital management. He expressed gratitude to God Almighty for the safe delivery of “January 1st” babies. He also applauded the selfless services of doctors, nurses and other health workers who consistently sacrifice their holidays in service to humanity.
“January marks the beginning of a new cycle. January babies are special gifts to parents and the society at large. From the data made available by United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF), in Nigeria, only one out of every three babies is delivered in a health centre. This scenario poses a negative effect on infant mortality rate. It is an issue of utmost concern to me. I hope that going forward, we shall improve on providing adequate equipments and workforce to take care of child bearing and survival.”
The Southern Senatorial candidate donated gift items and cash to parents of “January 1st” babies and to the Labour ward staff on duty.
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