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155 babies born on X-mas in Kla

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th December 2006 03:00 AM

For Mariam Nakaye, 38, it was not a matter of having just another baby. Her child, born at Kibuli Hospital on December 25, was a Christmas gift to replace three babies she had lost before.

For Mariam Nakaye, 38, it was not a matter of having just another baby. Her child, born at Kibuli Hospital on December 25, was a Christmas gift to replace three babies she had lost before.

By Vision Reporters

For Mariam Nakaye, 38, it was not a matter of having just another baby. Her child, born at Kibuli Hospital on December 25, was a Christmas gift to replace three babies she had lost before.

“I had a lot of pain but I thank God for a normal delivery,” she said.

Nakaye’s child was one of 155 babies born in Kampala on Christmas Day, a survey around the city’s hospitals found.

The hospitals visited were Mulago, Nsambya, Rubaga, Kampala International, Mengo and Kibuli. This is higher than last year, when the capital gave birth to 114 Christmas babies.

At Mulago, 86 children were born, including 41 girls and a set of boy twins. Overwhelmed by the big numbers, the hospital had to accommodate several mothers on the floor.

Mengo too had an exceptionally busy day. A total of 18 children were delivered, nine boys and nine girls, one of them by caesarean section. “Usually we get around 10 births daily,” Sister Linda Kyalema said.

At Nsambya Hospital, which registered 21 newborn babies, first-time mother, Verona Nantongo, 24, could not hide her excitement. “This is my firstborn girl. I have named her Noel,” she told The New Vision.

At Entebbe Grade B Hospital, all the eight mothers who delivered on Christmas Day were aged between 16 and 18 years. Some of them had to be operated on. The girls, who live with their parents, had dropped out of school due to pregnancies.

By press time, a total of 242 Christmas babies had been reported country-wide. In Lira, 26 children were born, while in Gulu 32 babies were registered at Lacor, Gulu Independent and Gulu National Referral hospitals.

Rukungiri’s Nyakibaare Hospital reported nine births. Mbarara reported 18 births from two hospitals, though two baby girls delivered at Mbarara National Hospital died.

155 babies born on X-mas in Kla

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