SABADA: That Babies May Live - Editorial


Our attention at AFRIBABY INITIATIVE has been drawn to the plight of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Joy Chukwukaelo who gave birth to a set of quadruplets at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) on May 24, 2012. We have followed up on their situation and come to the conclusion that they still do not have the means to ensure the survival of their gifts from God.

We call on the government, corporate bodies and all well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of this family so that they could ensure their babies' survival. It is sad that two of the babies died at the Intensive Care Unit of UITH but we all must rise up to save the remaining two babies by donating generously towards their well-being.

We thank the First Lady of Kwara State, Her Excellency, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed and the immediate past governor of the State, Senator Bukola Saraki and other Nigerians for their prompt response and visits; but suffice to say it again that the family needs much more donations, materially and financially.

In order to prepare for multiple blessings such as this and ensure that they do not turn to sorrow, we are advocating that all banks should, as a matter of urgency, evolve a "Safe Baby Delivery Account." This SABADA savings account is envisaged to assist would-be parents to save towards the delivery of their babies. We call on fathers to embrace such an account so that they could have something saved before their babies arrive and even if the amount saved is not sufficient, they would at least have deposited something substantial at the hospital.

Fathers should shun the temptation to divert such saved funds to "naming ceremonies" and other such activities that do not guarantee the safe arrival and survival of their expected babies. Banks should also provide clauses in SABADA that will ensure that payments are made directly to the hospitals where the babies are born, thereby helping to ensure that fathers are empowered to pay hospital bills appropriately.

We commend the management of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital for a great work done in taking care of the Chukwukaelo babies.


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