Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

2 January 2013

Tanzania: Dar Records 135 Births On New Year's Eve

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A TOTAL of 135 children were born on New Year's Eve at Amana, Temeke and Mwananyamala regional hospitals in Dar es Salaam.

A survey conducted by the 'Daily News' established that 57 children were born at Amana Hospital and among them 29 were boys and 28 were girls. Speaking to this newspaper, the hospital's Nurse in-Charge, Ms Irene Mari, said all the babies were born safely.

"54 children were delivered normally while three were born through surgery," she added. At Temeke Hospital, 52 children were born and among them 27 were girls and 25 were boys. According to the Medical Officer in-Charge, Mr Curtias Mbalamula, three kids were born through surgery and the rest normally.

Mwananyamala hospital had 26 children and among them, 17 were girls and 9 were boys. The Medical Officer in-Charge, Ms Tuswege Mwamwaja, said all the kids were born safely.

"Three out of the total number of deliveries were born through surgery and the rest were delivered normally," she said. According to Ms Mwamwaja, the number of delivery has gone down at the hospital compared to the past. She said the move is attributed to family planning campaigns in the country.

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