There was a celebration on Tuesday at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) in Cross River State as a married couple that has been childless for 10 years were blessed with a set of quintuplet.
The Nation gathered that the couple, Dr Ekpo Edet and Mrs Esther Edet, are staff members of the hospital.
The Children who were born at about 11:00am on Monday weighed between 1.45kg and 1.75kg
The excited father of the quintuplet, Dr Edet, was grateful to God for what he described as a miracle.
Edet said: “I want to thank God Almighty. He’s a faithful God. The first time in the history of Cross River State, the first time in the history of UCTH. Five at a go! God has been just been faithful as we have concluded the first phase and the doctors have confirmed that the babies are kicking. We are entering into the second phase and I know it’s not going to be easy but I solicit for support from all well-meaning Nigerians, all my friends and well-wishers.”
Wife of the Cross River State governor, Dr Linda Ayade, who visited the new parents and their children in the hospital, said it was a sign of good things for the state and country.
She made a donation of N1 million to the couple and N500,000 to the medical experts who made sure the babies were delivered successfully.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong, congratulated the father of the babies who was steadfast in all the years they did not have children.
Dr Ayade and Dr Asibong also donated incubator to the hospital on behalf of Cross River State Government.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Stella Odey; the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Rosemary Archibong; and the Director General, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu, were also present to support the family and urged other well-meaning Cross Riverians to do same.
The quintuplet who consisted of three girls and two boys are currently in the Special Care Babies Unit of the Teaching Hospital in good condition.