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26 Dec 2013 12:58
A total of 122 boys and 117 girls were born. (Reuters)
Limpopo province saw 239 babies born on Christmas day, the provincial health department said on Thursday.
The first baby was born at midnight in the Matlala Hospital in the Sekhukhune District, the department said in a statement.
A total of 122 boys and 117 girls were born.
Dilokong Hospital in the Sekhukhune District was blessed with twins—a boy and a girl, born to Annah Maophanga just after 3am.
The department congratulated all the mothers and wished them a merry Christmas.
Various MECs donated hampers to the mothers of babies born in various hospitals.
A total of 130 babies were born on Wednesday in Gauteng. The first baby was born at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital at midnight.
Gauteng health MEC Hope Papo visited Christmas babies born at Dr George Mukhari Hospital, in Ga-Rankuwa north of Pretoria.
"During this time of giving, we would like to share with the mothers in their joy as they bring new lives in this world.
"There can be nothing as fulfilling than bringing a new life on this earth, we wish them a long and healthy life," he said.
Papo presented the mothers with disposable nappies, baby blankets, clothes and bassinets.
He also thanked hospital staff in all the health facilities in the province for delivering quality health care service at all times, including festive holidays.
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