Ezaruku Draku Franklin
Workers and patients in Arua Regional Referral Hospital yesterday witnessed the birth of the first Quadruplets in the West Nile region.
The deliveries were met with both surprise and excitement by the staff, patients and attendants of the patients. The biggest numbers the hospital and the region had witnessed were triplets, with the last triplets in the region being born about two weeks ago in Goli health centre in Zombo district.
Sr Jane Ngamita attending to the four babies who are still in the incubator machine at Arua referral hospital.
Nesta Abiko, a 31 year old woman from Manibe Sub-county in Arua district delivered yesterday after being admitted for the last two months. A resident from Eleku Yivu village in Manibe sub county, Arua district, Abiko is married to Charles Yamandu. She says has has had four children before producing the Quadruplets. She says she first got married to another man with whom they had four children.
She says they separated when the man ran mad. “I separated with my first husband after he ran mad. We had produced four kids with him when he ran mad,” Abiko says in vernacular. Abiko says after that, she got married to Yamandu with whom she spent over a year before conceiving.
She says Yamandu’s relatives started complaining when she didn’t conceive in the first year. She however says after confirmation that she had Quadruplets; the same relatives started accusing her of pretending and being lazy.
“The relatives started saying why is she not conceiving… but when I conceived and I was told that I had four babies in my womb, the same relatives said I was pretending and being lazy. The said no one can have four babies at ago.” She narrated.
Nesta Abiko who delivered the quadruplets still recovering from Cesarean wounds at Arua referral hospital.
She now says it’s a difficult task for her to raise the kids since she and her husband are poor. She is appealing for help from well-wishers who can help.
Baifa Aluaru, the aunt of Abiko says the history of twins runs in their family. Aluaru says her mother conceived twins but unfortunately she had miscarriage. She says the sister to Abiko also had a set of twins. The same applies to Aluaru and his nephew, the brother’s sons who each have a set of twins.
Aluaru says Abiko has now gone to another level by producing quadruplet. Like Abiko, she is also appealing for help to look after the babies.
Sister Jane Ngamita, the in charge of Neonatal and Acute Care Unit at Arua Regional Referral Hospital says all the babies are out of danger. She says the first baby boy weighed 1.1kg, and the three girls weighed 1.1, 1.3 and 1 kilogram respectively.
The mother who delivered the quadruplets with her aunt Baifa
She says they are monitoring the babies for one week before they will be discharged if no complications are detected. She says the hospital together with the family are asking good Samaritans to help in getting formula milk for the babies since the mother may not have enough breast milk to breastfeed them.
She says prior to this, the hospital had only received cases of triplets. She is appealing to the family to take extra care to ensure that all the kids grow up safely. The babies are currently in incubators in the neonatal unit.