Wife and First Lady of Kogi state Governor, Mrs Rashida Bello on Saturday donated food items, consumables and household items to Mr and Mrs Jemidupe Oloruntobi, the parents of triplets in the state.
The donation was made at the DOATIM Medical Centre in Ponyan, Yagba East Local Government Area of the state; where the triplets were delivered.
Presenting the items, on behalf of the first lady, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Ayoade Folashade appealed to the family to see the babies as nothing but a gift from God.
Mrs. Ayoade said the plight of the Oloruntobi’s and the mother’s battle for survival followed the birth of triplets in addition to the two children they were earlier blessed with moved the first lady of the state to come to their aide.
She said that procreation is achieved only by God’s grace and that it is God who gives man children irrespective of the quality and quantity.
She urged the family; even though they are not rich, not to relent on their parenting roles of giving the children proper upkeeps, quality education and other life expectancy.
“These babies are blessings from God, never blame Him for extending such to your family. Things will soon take shape in your family.
“They need your love, care and all supports. Give them, and they will pay you back when they grow up and turn out successful in life. And God will not leave you. He will definitely provides for you,’’ she advised.
The SSG also said the state executive council has set aside some money to be given to the mother to start a business of her choice, so as to be able to offer her assistance in the upkeep of the children
“We know it is natural that these items cannot satisfy your entire needs, but we want you to see it from the point of compassion and encouragement. In a matter of days, the government will visit you to make donation that will help you start any business of your choice.”
Folashade reiterated the commitment of the Governor Yahaya Bello led administration to address health and socio-economic challenges of the citizenry, stressing that health is one of the thematic area of the state government.
She however personally donates wrapper to the parents of the triplets, as well as cash to other patients in the hospital.
Father of the triplets, Mr. Oloruntobi who could not hold back his tears eulogized the first lady and the state government for their contributions since his wife delivered.
Mr. Oloruntobi, a bricklayer by profession, who spoke in Yoruba dialet, said he was already depressed about how to continue with her family until the state government came in to offset part of the hospital bills, “Coupled with the first lady donation and promise of Cash donation, my spirit is now lifted.”
Speaking about the delivery, Chief Medical Director of DOATIM Medical centre, Dr. Olalekan Olomo said the mother who was at the verge of delivery when she was brought in thought she carried just one baby in her womb.
“The first baby came freely and the mother thought she was done because she did not attend any anti- natal program and did not undergo any scanning throughout her pregnancy. The other two delivery was difficult, as the babies were breeched and we have no other option than to carry out Ceaserian Operation.”
Mrs. Oloruntobi delivered around 6.pm on January 1st, but still have to be kept in the hospital for care as the delivery came with many complications.End.