TWO Primary Six pupils are among the mothers who had babies on Christmas Day.A total of 177 babies were born, 138 of whom were born in Mulago, Kibuli, Rubaga and Nsambya hospitals.
Rose Apio, 15, who dropped-out of Kasubi Army primary school in Gulu town, gave birth to a baby boy weighing 3kg at about 1:40am.
Dorcas Laker, 16, also a Primary Six drop-out of Cwero Primary School in Gulu district, gave birth to a baby boy weighing 2.4kg.
Apio said the father of her baby, Ronald Labali, was charged with defilement and sent to Gulu Central Prison.
Prisca Jagen, a 19-year-old Senior Three student at Gulu Parentsâ€™ College, also gave birth to a baby at Gulu Hospital.
At Mulago Hospital, 48 babies were born. Of these, 31 were girls, 11 boys and two sets of twins.
Irene Najjembe, a resident of Mbuya, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, at about 10:30pm. She urged the hospital authorities to attend to expectant mothers on time.
Betty Nabagala from Kawaala, a Kampala suburb, gave birth to a baby girl at 10:00am. She wants the hospital management to improve hygiene.
She appealed to the Government to provide more delivery beds since many women give birth on the floor.
Jane Namuddu, a resident of Nansana, gave birth to a baby girl at about 8:00pm. She said she was well attended to.
Dorothy Namakula, the nursing officer, said the ward is under-staffed. She said only six midwives are available yet the ward handles about 60 patients daily.
She added that the hospital management offers free family planning to mothers, but most of them shun the services.
Rubaga Hospital registered 22 babies; 11 boys and 11 girls.
Kibuli Hospital registered 11 births; five girls and six boys, while Nsambya Hospital registered 26. Of these, 12 were girls, 14 were boys and a set of twins.
At Lira Hospital, 10 babies were born. Of these, five were boys and five were girls.
At Mbarara Hospital, nine children were born; six boys, three girls and a set of twins.
In Masindi district, a 27-year-old woman gave birth to triplets at Hoima hospital.
Compiled by Taddeo Bwambale, Chris Ocowun, Rachael Ninsiima, Juliet Lukwago, Jeff Lule, Abdulkarim Ssengendo, Pascal Kwesiga, Robert Atuhairwe and Halima Shaban
177 babies born on Christmas day