Isengule resident on the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika in Katavi Region’s Tanganyika district, 22-year old Fatuma Issa, has delivered quadruplets, one of them a girl.
The new babies are believed to be the first quadruplets delivered at Mpanda Municipal Hospital. Nursing-in-Charge at the municipal health facility, Mr Alexander Kasagula said Ms Issa delivered the four children at the health facility over the weekend, saying the conditions of both new born and their mother who gave birth through a normal method are stable.
“The girl came first, weighing 1,088 grams, the second born weighed 1.5 kilogrammes, the third and fourth weighed 1.8 and 1.7 kilogrammes, respectively,” said Mr Kasagula. Three of the newly born babies are boys and one girl, he said: “It is an extraordinary thing to witness the proud mum and her four new babies.
They are still hospitalised for close medical watch.” Ms Issa said she was proud to deliver four children at once, saying the couple, with her husband, 25-year old Agustino Andrew have five children from three deliveries.
“My husband and I have five children now, during my first delivery I gave birth to a baby who is alive but in my second delivery I gave birth to twins, one died shortly after delivery and another died three months later,” she said.
She thanked God that in her third delivery, she gave birth to four babies without any maternal complications.
“I thank God and I’m proud to have all these new babies,” she said. Medical in Charge at the health facility, Dr Jaffar Kitambwa said the mother and her four babies have been admitted to the facility for close medical observation and treatment.