KOBOKO. It was a beautiful Tuesday to lovers of girl child after seeing triplets borne at Koboko general hospital.

But their parents Mrs Agnes Ajiko and Mr Nuru Kokole had short-lived joy as they began thinking about how they will look after the babies.

"I was scared of the situation I found myself in after labour but people kept on consoling me to take heart saying this was God's plan," the 32-year-old mother who now has eight children said.

She disclosed that she was not prepared to handle triplets because no one realized it throughout her pregnancy period.

Her medical records indicate that Ajiko attended antenatal services at Lurujo health center III but it was only during an X-ray scan on the eve of delivery that the medics discovered she was carrying triplets.

Ajiko and Kokole are residents of Jongoyi village, Lurujo parish, Lobule sub-county in Koboko district who depend on subsistence farming.

"I pray that God gives me the strength to look for ways of getting resources just the way he strengthened me during birth so that I am able to take care of my babies,” a visibly stressed Ajiko said.

Mrs Agnes Ajiko 28 02 19Mrs Agnes Ajiko feeds one of the babies after safe delivery. PHOTO BY JOSEPH ODAMA

Her stepmother Mrs Aisha Apayi alluded that while they welcome the new members of their family, their upbringing would be challenging to the poor family.

She called upon well-wishers to extend hearts of compassion to enable the family to support the babies.

The Koboko district vice chairman, Mr Stephen Mutto thanked the couple for ensuring healthy delivery of the triplets saying if they were reckless in handling the mother, it would have been difficult for her to deliver safely.

"Ajiko giving birth at Koboko general hospital shows how caring they have been, ensuring good health of the triplets when they were still in the womb," Mutto noted.

He said what is important now is to help the babies to grow up as responsible citizens.