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Health MEC welcomes Christmas babies

Hope Papo has welcomed Christmas babies at the Kalafong hospital in Atteridgeville.

Baby toes. Picture: Sxc.hu

ATTERIDGEVILLE - Almost 70 babies were born in Gauteng's public hospitals on Christmas Day.

The highest number of births was at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, with 19 deliveries.

This was closely followed by the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.

Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo on Tuesday welcomed some of the country's first Christmas babies.

Papo visited the Kalafong Hospital in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, where he congratulated staff for working over the festive season and gave words of encouragement to eight first-time mothers.

A tiny baby bundled in a pink blanket slept quietly as the MEC entered Ward 25 at the hospital.

The girl, who had not yet been named, was the first to be born at the hospital, just 10 minutes after midnight.

Her mother stood proudly beside the MEC as he praised moms for their continued contribution to South Africa.

"I would like to congratulate them and wish them well in the work they are doing in bringing life to earth and everything else they're doing - sometimes under very difficult circumstances."