As the world population reaches seven billion
Yesterday Guyana joined the rest of the world in celebrating the world’s population reaching the seven billion mark. As part of the celebration the Ministry of Health honoured the mothers who gave birth yesterday at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Up to press time, yesterday, six babies were born at the facility. Among the mothers who gave birth are Alicia Hamer who gave birth at 1:50 hours, followed by Flori Emmanuel, Shevonne Babb, Laurell Hinds and Yohanda Hayden.
Assistant Country Representative, Patrice La Fleur, of the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) said that the organization is pleased to be honouring the mothers as well as the babies. “We are pleased to be here to acknowledge the babies who were born today, the day when the world has achieved the seven billion population mark.”
Ms. La Fleur said that the day also coincided with Guyana’s launch of the State of the World Report which focuses in on challenges and possibilities. “These babies are significant as they are born on a special day which the whole world is acknowledging.”
Dr. La Fleur further acknowledged the fact that these and other babies are coming into a world that has a lot of challenges but also with a lot of possibilities. “We hope that over time we will work closely with the Ministry of Health to ensure their future growth and development.”. She further encouraged the mothers who were present to ensure that their babies are fully immunized.
“They must always be fully immunized; their good health and wellbeing can be achieved and this is an effort that we all can make to ensure that they all grow with love and a good education.”
Also addressing the mothers was Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud who congratulated the mothers. He noted that while today is very special each birth is equally special to the Ministry and the health care system all together.
“Each day in Guyana we have at least 40 births and of that number four mothers have complicated deliveries but at the same time we have to thank our health care workers for their efforts,”.
He too stressed the need for each child to be fully immunized while noting that together Guyana can ensure that its babies can get through the first year of life in good health.
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