The Wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun has advised nursing mothers to exclusively breast feed their babies in order to ensure a healthy mental and physical growth.
Mrs. Abiodun gave the advice while welcoming the first babies of the year at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, Ogun state.
She noted that breast milk contains required nutrients needed by the babies for total growth and development, which would help to prevent illnesses and mortality among them.
Mrs. Abiodun affirmed government readiness to improve on mother and child health in the state, while she donated cash and items to the baby girl, Osungbure born at about 12.01am weighing 3.3kg and baby boy Akindele born at 12.10am weighing 2.5kg.
She congratulated their mothers, Oluwakemi Osungbure and Folashade Akindele for safe delivery and prayed for the babies who “came at the beginning of another decade”.
The Governor’s wife extended her kind gesture to other babies in the maternity ward of the hospital, noting that babies were special gifts from God and should be cherished and blessed.
Mrs. Abiodun however settled the hospital bills of mothers of some other babies who were not able to pay for them to be discharged, assuring that the present administration will not relent in enhancing the health status of the citizens.
The mothers of the first babies and other mothers in ward unanimously thanked and appreciated her for choosing to bless them and their babies, stating that the impact of the present administration is already being felt by many in the state.
Mrs.Abiodun was also at Oba Ademola II Maternity Hospital, Ijemo, Abeokuta where she welcomed baby girl Olagoke with gifts and cash.
She also visited the Primary Health Care Center Igbogila, in the Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun state where she admonished mother of the newborn baby girl, Koselu delivered at 12.01am not to see breast feeding as an option but a priority towards ensuring healthy growth devoid of diseases and ailments that could culminate in early child death.
Represented by the Commissioner designate Ministry of Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, the Wife of the Governor donated cash and baby items to the newborn and the mother.