The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Abia State, Ikechi Emenike, has made a case for special care for the mother of quintuplets and her babies.
He made the call on Wednesday when he visited the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia where the five babies were born 24 hours earlier, adding that he came to rejoice with the new mother and her family.
Oluomachi Nwojo, a 24-year-old final year student of Forestry and Environmental Management, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, was delivered of the five babies via cesarean section on Tuesday. The multiple births comprised three baby girls and two boys.
Emenike, who was represented by the Director General of his governorship campaign council, Uche Ogboso, congratulated the parents of the quintuplets on the safe delivery of the “bountiful gifts from God.”
He presented gifts of cash, baby formula, beverages, and diapers for the care of the young mother and her babies, noting that multiple births are a rare occurrence that demands holistic prenatal and postnatal care.
The governorship hopeful said the mother and her five babies needed to be assisted so that “the precious gift from God will not bring sorrow” to the family of the quintuplets.
Mr Nwojo Oru, whose daughter gave birth to the quintuplets, thanked the APC governorship hopeful for coming to the aid of his family even when Emenike didn’t know them, adding that his family was enamoured by his show of love.
Speaking with journalists, the Public Relations Officer of FMC Umuahia, Mr Darlington Madubuko, said the birth of the quintuplets at the medical institution was the first in recent memory.
He explained that the medical facility was familiar with the delivery of twins and triplets until last year when quadruples were born and now quintuplets.
The FMC spokesman added that the young mother was given expert attention by consultants all through her pregnancy and the delivery of the five babies.
“It is a miracle from God and taking care of the five babies is going to be a big burden in this economic situation in the country.
“We are begging government, corporate organisations, and private individuals to help the family of the quintuplets to take care of the new babies,” Madubuko said.