Friday, 01 January 2021

Bloemfontein: The Free State MEC for Health, Montseng Tsiu has, albeit remotely, warmly welcomed 30 New Year’s Day Babies and wished all their parents well.

Although the total tally of New Year’s Day newborns will be released by tomorrow, the department gives more details in this statement of the 5 early risers who were born before 01:00am.

In no order of importance, the early babies are recorded as follows:

1. An 18 years old mother from Bloemfontein gave birth to a 2600g baby girl at 00:02 at Pelonomi Hospital

2. A 23 years old mother from Monontsha in QwaQwa gave birth to a 3220g baby girl at Elizabeth Ross Hospital at 00:02

3. A 27 years old mother from Bethlehem gave birth to a 3035g baby girl at 00:30 at Dihlabeng Regional Hospital

4. A 29 years old mother from Bloemfontein gave birth to a 3050g baby boy at 00:35 at Universitas Academic Hospital

5. A 25 years old mother from Odendaalsrus gave birth to a 2760g baby girl at 00:40 at Thusanong Hospital

The welcoming of these New Year’s Day babies comes under severe constraints of Lockdown Level 3 of Covid-19 restrictions which prompted the Department of Health to refrain from the usual fanfare of celebrations which have previously seen the Premier, Members of the Executive Council and Local Councilors visiting hospitals and having close interaction with babies and mothers to give bags of goodies to welcome these bundles of joy.

This year, the Department resolved to call off any non-essential visits to health facilities. This has impacted negatively to how we usually welcomed our new babies but contributes to life saving non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social and physical distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“It has become essential that we consider every effort to save human lives against this deadly coronavirus, even to take painful decisions that may inconvenience others” said Tsiu.

Tsiu has hailed the commitment of Midwives and appreciated their dedication to ensuring that the new borns were delivered safely in our public health facilities.

The Department is working hard to reconcile all the statistics of the new borns with reports from various health facilities throughout the province pouring in until 23:59 tonight.

Tsiu’s appreciation also goes to support staff and managers who sacrifice their family time on New Year’s Day to support the Midwives Reports to ensure that all babies are accounted for.

Tsiu wished all parents of the New Borns a Happy New Year’s Day including all staff at health facilities and essential health service providers throughout the Free State. She urged them to continue to do good for all the people that come in need of essential and life-saving health services.