16 bundles of joy on Islamic New Year

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN/BELAIT

SIXTEEN babies born on the first day of Hijrah 1438, including twins, were presented with gifts at government hospitals in the capital and Belait district.

Seven boys and five girls were born in Brunei-Muara district, while the Belait district saw newborn twins.

The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) also welcomed two babies on Sunday.

On hand to present the gifts to parents of the newborns at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital were Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi and Minister of Religious Affairs YB Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman.

The first Hijrah 1438 birth was at 6.16pm when a 3.69kg baby boy was delivered at RIPAS Hospital, just minutes after the call for Maghrib prayers, according to the newborn’s father, Pg Khairul Iqbal Pg Hj Metahir.

His wife, Siti Nurul Hamizah Hj Kula expressed her joy, adding that she was grateful for a safe and normal delivery.

Meanwhile, Belait recorded the birth of twin girls on the first day of the Islamic New Year - the first set of twins to have been registered in the district in the last 15 years.

The pair of baby girls who have yet to be named were born to Norhanisa Hj Mohammad Tasdi and Pg Mohammad Irwan Iswandy Pg Ahmad.

The eldest of the twins was born at 12.35am, followed by her sister 20 minutes later. The girls weighed 2.2kg and 2.6kg respectively.

Norhanisa said she was made aware by doctors that she was carrying twins when she was nine weeks into her pregnancy.

She was initially expected to deliver her babies on October 22, but doctors had set for her to deliver the babies 37 weeks into her pregnancy after finding out that she was carrying twins.

Alhamdulillah, I really did not expect my babies to be born on the first day of the Islamic New Year. I am happy and grateful that both of them were born healthy and safe,” she added.

Present to hand over hampers and other gifts to the couple at Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Belait was Permanent Secretary of Religious Affairs (MoRA) Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Aziz Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Hj Md Yusof.

The newborns and their parents received gifts including a guide book to birth and baby names from MoRA and a $250 savings account by Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB).

Each newborn also received donations by Syarikat Takaful Brunei Darussalam Sdn Bhd (STBD) and its subsidiaries in the form of a $250 voucher for Takaful Nur Savings as well as nursery rocking chairs.

Also present at the event was the Deputy Minister of Finance cum Deputy Chairman of TAIB Board of Directors Dato Paduka Dr Hj Md Amin Liew Abdullah. (Additional reporting by Hazirah Sazalee)

The Brunei Times