The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, says expectant mothers must prioritise their health and seek to know their HIV/AIDS status.
She said this will enable them prevent mother-to-child transmission of the disease and help themselves stay healthy.
The First Lady was speaking at the National Hospital, Abuja where she welcomed the First Baby of the year 2024 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
She appealed to well meaning Nigerians to join forces with Government to adopt hospitals and wards to improve the healthcare delivery in the country as government alone cannot do it.
“I urge nursing mothers to take adequate care of their babies, ensure that they are immunized as and when due, practice exclusive breastfeeding and provide them with adequate nutritious and healthy weaning food for their brain development”.
“Expectant mothers should always take antenatal and postnatal care seriously, maintain basic hygiene at home, space their births, register their babies with the National population Commission, NPC and make efforts to enroll them in school at the appropriate age.
The First Lady noted that her foundation, Renewed Hope Initiatve (RHI), is working in collaboration with the UNICEF to see that all births in Nigeria are registered in order to ensure the rights and protection of all children.
After visiting the Baby boy, Boluwatife Johnson, Senator Oluremi Tinubu visited other babies just born in the hospital, bearing gifts and came across a set of conjoined twins.
After speaking with the Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital the First Lady stated the willingness of her Initiative, the Renewed Hope Initiative, RHI to lend a helping hand to facilitate the surgery to separate the twins.
The Chief Medical Director, Prof Mohammed Raji Mahmood while expressing the appreciation of the hospital for the gesture, seized the opportunity to appeal for more help to sustain the legacy of the hospital.
Also with the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu was the wife of the Vice President, Hajia Nana Shettima, Minister of Women Affairs, Hon Uju Kennedy Ohaneye, wife of the minister for works, Mrs Umahi and the wife of the Minister of State for Defence, Mrs Bello Matawalle.
The baby Boluwatife Johnson was born at 12.03am.
SA Media to the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
1st January, 2024