The Gauteng MEC for Health and Wellness, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, congratulated parents of new-born babies who were delivered at public health facilities across the province.

About 194 babies were born between 12h00 midnight and 12h00 in the afternoon on Christmas Day, 25 December 2023.

Academic hospitals delivered 41 babies with Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital accounting for 22 deliveries, followed Steve Biko Academic Hospital with 07 babies.

Tertiary Hospitals delivered a total of 20 babies with Tembisa Hospital accounting for 16 and Kalafong for 04 deliveries.

Regional and District Hospitals delivered 81 babies while Community Healthcare Centres delivered 49 babies.

The MEC also urged the mothers of the newly-born babies to ensure that their babies are registered immediately after birth through the Department of Home Affairs offices across all Gauteng public hospitals.

“We would also like to urge parents to ensure that their bundles of joy are immunised at regular ages as set out in the road to health care booklet to protect them against diseases such as polio, tuberculosis, hepatitis, measles and meningitis. Immunisation is free at all public clinics ano community healthcare centres in the province,” emphasised MEC Nkomo-Ralehoko.

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