Christmas babies 2019 (as of 14:00)
91 babies born on Christmas Day in public health facilities (as of 14:00)
On 25 December 2019 (Christmas Day), the births of 91 babies* have been reported by public health facilities throughout the Western Cape, comprising of 66 boys and 25 girls.
The first, a girl, was born at 00:09 at Tygerberg Hospital, weighing 3 000 g and 49 cm in length, to mother Yonela Malgas. The second, a girl born at 00:10 at Vanguard Community Health Centre, weighing 3 410 g and 51 cm in length, to mother Priscilla Rufu. The third, a boy born at 00:15 at New Somerset Hospital, weighing 3 990 g and 54 cm in length, to mother Kalaki Iwado. A set of twin sisters was born at 04:03 and 04:04 at Tygerberg Hospital to mother Asanda Sani.
To date, New Somerset Hospital has been the busiest since midnight with seven births, followed by Mowbray Maternity Hospital (six) and Tygerberg Hospital, George Hospital, Paarl Hospital, Khayelitsha District Hospital and Hanover Park Community Health Centre with five births each.
"I would like to congratulate all new parents on the birth of their babies on this very special day. We wish them the very best with new additions to their families. Remember that the first 1000 days of a child’s life is very important. Provide them with a safe environment and good nutrition," says Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo.
The Western Cape Government Health congratulates the parents on the safe delivery of all the new arrivals on Christmas Day. We also extend a sincere thank you to all our staff members, including midwives, for their hard work and dedication on this special day.
* Kindly note that the number is subject to change as more births are reported during the day.
Byron la Hoe
Assistant Director: Communication
Western Cape Government Health
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