Province welcomes 253 babies born on New Year’s Day

The first baby, a boy, was born at midnight on New Year’s Day at Mowbray Maternity Hospital to Mantombi Ndabezimbi. Picture: Supplied

A total of 107 boys and 146 girls were born on the New Year’s Day in the province, making a total of 253 babies.

The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness said the first baby, a boy, was born at Mowbray Maternity Hospital at midnight, weighing 4 060g, to mother Mantombi Ndabezimbi.

The second baby, a girl, was born at Khayelitsha District Hospital at 12.15am, weighing 2 960g, to mother Sanelise Maku.

The third baby, also a boy, was born at Worcester Hospital at 12.24am, weighing 1 695g to mother, Caroline Hanekom.

The department said three sets of twins were born at Grabouw Community Health Centre, Tygerberg Hospital and Paarl Hospital respectively.

Western Cape MEC of Health and Wellness, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, encouraged parents to keep up with immunisations of their babies and a healthy living environment.

“As the parents begin this new chapter of their lives, we encourage them to take note of the importance and impact the first 1 000 days has on a child’s life,” she said.

The second baby, a girl, was born on New Year’s Day to Sanelise Maku at Khayelitsha District Hospital. Picture: Supplied