At the Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Imo State, the medics are in high spirits, as the parents, especially the mothers never had it so good and might probably not have it better.
It is like the angels are singing and the floodgates of baby factories in heaven opened to this capital city of Imo State. Owerri has every reason to celebrate increase this year in a very grand style.
Most parents who have always desired to have multiple births had their desires fulfilled. But what is not clear yet is what spurred the harvest of multiple births in the city. Is it in their water, the air, the flowers that adorn their streets or a peculiar diet known to Owerri only? Or is it just a larger stretch of coincidence that favoured parents here with so many babies in so short time?
Since January and early May, there has been harvest of multiple delivery wards of this medical establishment. The wards have been teeming with multiple births and the tempo of cries of new born babies that sound more like songs in the ears of the workers and parents has more than quadrupled. All the people could say for the baby bumper harvest is that “It is the Lord’s doing”.
In five months, there have been at least 78 multiple births that have passed through the labour wards. In March alone, there were about eight sets of triplets and 10 sets of twins. In April the hospital had 12 sets of twins delivered from 12 mothers.