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US First Lady Melania Trump holds a baby during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, as she begins her week-long trip to Africa to promote her ‘Be Best’ campaign

US First Lady Melania Trump holds a baby during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, as she begins her week-long trip to Africa to promote her ‘Be Best’ campaign

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Melania Trump and Ghana’s First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo

Melania Trump and Ghana’s First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo

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US First Lady Melania Trump holds a baby during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, as she begins her week-long trip to Africa to promote her ‘Be Best’ campaign

Melania Trump opened her first big solo international trip as US First Lady with a wave, a smile and a baby in her arms, aiming to promote child welfare during a five-day tour of Africa.

She arrived in the West African nation of Ghana after an overnight flight from Washington and quickly made her way to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.

The First Lady saw how babies are weighed - they are placed in sacks that are then hung from a hook attached to a scale.

She also watched a nurse demonstrate how vitamins are administered to babies by mouth and toured the neonatal intensive care unit.

Mrs Trump also cradled an infant and declared the baby a "beautiful boy" as she handed him back to his mother.

Mothers at the hospital for her visit received gifts of teddy bears nestled in white baby blankets, personally handed out by the First Lady, according to her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.

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