AUTHOR: Joseph Athian | PUBLISHED: October 2, 2023
Two of the quadruplets at the Aweil Civil Hospital | Credit | Courtesy
Anei Anei, the father of premature quadruplets in Aweil town, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, is appealing for help to raise the babies.
His wife Ayak Koryom Majok, 28, gave birth to the babies at Aweil Civil Hospital on Sunday.
Hospital records show that the quadruplets – 2 girls and 2 boys – were born at the eighth months weighing 1.2, 1.9, 1.4 and 1.6 kgs.
“Despite all this, there is no cause for alarm because they are showing the good signs of good health. We will be monitoring them to see that their weights improve before being discharged from the facility,” Dr Santino John Tong, director, told Akol Yam on Monday.
However, the 45-year-old man says he is a subsistence farmer, and it will be hard for him to fully provide for the newborns’ needs.
He appeals for any assistance to help him, and the wife to bring up the babies.
“They are for this state and South Sudan as a whole; so, please do help if you are hearing me,” Anei said.
“I’m appealing to the government of South Sudan, state government and the NGOs to help me with something very little to support these kids. It is not easy to raise or feed these children who were born at once.”
According to the WHO, the average birth weight of a full-term male baby is 3.3 kgs. The average birth weight of a full-term female is 3.2 kgs.
The average weight of a baby born at 37–40 weeks ranges from 2.5 to 4 kg. At delivery, experts consider a low birth weight to be less than 2.5 kg.