- More than 524 babies were born on New Year's Day across South Africa
- Gauteng had the highest recorded births at 106
- KZN needs to improve rate of teenage pregnancy
The start of the new year brought joy new life for many South African families as over 524 babies were born on in South Africa on New Year’s Day. Unable to contain the excitement at new life being brought into the world, hospitals and health departments enthusiastically reported updates on just how many babies were born in their provinces.
Just five seconds after the clock struck midnight, the Western Cape delivered the first baby to born in the province. The baby was born at Mitchell’s Plain Hospital.
With 106 babies being born in the province, Gauteng had the highest recorded births
The most babies in Gauteng were delivered at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, with 22 little people being born.
Speaking at Mamelodi Hospital, the Gauteng Provincial MEC for Health, said New Year babies will bring joy for families as they enter new year, reported News24.
“The birth of a new baby is a special moment in most families, take care of your children and make sure that they receive all the necessary healthcare they need and remember that the first 1000 days of a baby’s life are crucial, and the baby should be handled with outmost care,” she said.
Ramokgopa, joined by mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga and Home Affairs Minister Siyabonga Cwele, visited Mamelodi Hospital which required additional assistance in light of the issues the hospital had been facing.
Cwele took the opportunity to remind parents to bring their identity documents with them to ease the registration process for new babies, reported News24. He also noted that new parents who are foreign nationals should regularise their residence in the country to facilitate the migration process.
The North West Health Department added to the conversation and expressed excitement and pride that 32 babies were safely born in the province, wrote SABC News.
News Year’s Day also brought a special delivery for Sindiswe Gumede (24) who welcomed twins at Addington Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal.
KZN MEC of Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, noted that the youngest mothers in the province were only sixteen years old and delivered their babies at Ekhombe Hospitals and Edendale.
The minister took the opportunity to acknowledge challenges of teenage pregnancy rates in the province and noted that reducing the number of young mothers and unplanned pregnancies will contribute significantly to improving maternal health outcomes.
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