World’s Symbolic ‘7 Billionth Baby’ Born In Manila

by Kobakila News

MANILA — At a packed government-run Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, a baby born on October 31 was chosen by the United Nations to be one of several children around the world who will symbolically represent the global population milestone. The United Nations named 31 October as ‘Seven Billion Day.”

Danica May Camacho, weighing 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilos) was delivered just before midnight Sunday as media crew of camera men and photographers waited anxiously to get a shot of the historical moment.

Danica, which means morning star, is the second child for Camille Dalura and Florante Camacho. “I can’t believe she is the world’s seventh billion,” Camille said as she cradled her tiny new born.

Top officials from the United Nations came to visit the family and presented the child with a small cake.  Gifts from local benefactors including a scholarship grant for Danica’s study as well as a livelihood package to enable the parents to start a general store were likewise presented.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) State of the World Population Report states that the Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world with 94.9 million people.  China holds the biggest share of the population at 1.35 billion, followed by India at 1.24 billion.

The report noted that in many parts of the developing world, where population growth outpaces economic growth, reproductive health care remains a crucial issue.

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