MEDIA STATEMENT

To: Editors & Health Journalists

Issued by: Department of Health

Date: Sunday, 01 January 2023

Health Department welcomes New Year`s bundles of joy

Pretoria: The Department of Health congratulates first parents of the year 2023 who were blessed with 509 babies born in health facilities across the country on the New Year`s day.

 

The current number of babies consists of 250 girls and 259 boys recorded between midnight and mid-day on the first day of 2023.

Amongst the happy parents who welcomed their bundles of joy include a 15-year KwaZulu-Natal teenage mother who welcomed her healthy baby at Port Shepstone Hospital.

The Department will, in collaboration with various stakeholders including youth organisations, intensify the Sexual Reproductive Health Awareness Campaign as part of efforts to improve access to family planning services to address the scourge of preventable teenage pregnancies in South Africa through collective identification of gaps in the current responses for young people’s challenges and strategies to improve interventions.

The final statistics on the New Year`s babies will published during the course of the week.

For more information and media enquiries, please contact:

Mr Foster Mohale

Health Departmental Spokesperson

0724323792

Foster.mohale@health.gov.za

Mr Doctor Tshwale

Spokesperson for Health Minister

063 657 8487

Doctor.Tshwale@health.gov.za