The country’s four central hospitals delivered 69 babies on this year’s Christmas Day on December 25, information The Nation has gathered shows.
The statistics show that Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, the country’s main referral centre, had 28 babies born on Christmas Day comprising 17 boys and 11 girls, according to hospital director Samson Mndolo.
Mzuzu Central Hospital in the Northern Region had the second highest number of babies born at the central hospital at 18—10 boys and eight girls.
The hospital’s director Dr Frank Sinyiza said among the 18, five were born through Caesarean section while 13 were normal deliveries.
Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe had 12 babies born on Christmas Day comprising seven girls and five boys, according to the facility’s spokesperson Chiyanjano Kazombo.
On the other hand, Zomba Central Hospital delivered 11 babies on Christmas Day, according to the hospital’s director Dr Joshua Mathias who said that six were boys and five baby girls.
From the statistics, 38 of the babies born at central hospitals on Christmas Day were boys and 31 girls.
The officials we interviewed said both the babies and their mothers were fine and healthy. They also described the babies as special for being born on Christmas Day.
By the time we went to press, statistics from district hospitals and Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) facilities were not readily available. This means the number of babies born on Christmas Day could be higher than the 69 born at the central hospitals.
Christmas Day is commemorated on December 25 around the world when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, their Lord and Saviour.