166 specialist to operate on conjoined twins next month
The 166-specialist team put together to separate the conjoined twins on admission at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (GARH-Ridge) is set to commence the operation next month.
The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, who made the announcement said government in fulfillment of its promise to take up cost of the surgery had released the needed funds for the procurement of requisite equipment, commodities and logistics for the procedure to begin.
“We are on course to start the operation by September. The team is ready and we have started to receive some of the equipment we ordered to commence the operation,” he said.
Mr Agyeman-Manu was speaking at a brief ceremony to hand over a five-bedroom apartment to parents of the twins, Justine Bansah and Samuel Addo, in Accra yesterday.
The fully-furnished house sited at North Ridge was provided by the New Africa Foundation, a non-for profit organiSation, for a two-year period.
The Minister lauded the Foundation for coming to the aid of the seven-member family which hitherto lived in a single room apartment at Nsawam in the Eastern Region.
“Such help encourages government in its quest to seek for the welfare and progress of citizens,” he said and urged other philanthropists to offer help to the needy and vulnerable in society.
The Executive Director of the Foundation, Nana Kwame Bediako, popularly known as Cheddar, said the organisation was touched by the plight of the family of the twins, after a background check on them revealed their poor living condition.
“We are renting this place for them temporarily for the next two years after which we will know which next step to take,” he stated.
The total cost of the surgery is estimated between GH¢12million to GH¢15million for equipment and GH¢3million for consumables.
The procedure to separate the Siamese twins conjoined at the head would be the first of its kind in Ghana for a case of that nature.
Meanwhile the Health Minister during a tour of some centres in the Greater Accra Region to monitor the ongoing administration of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine implored the public to avail themselves for vaccination to protect them against COVID-19.
He said more AstraZeneca vaccines would soon be deployed to serve persons awaiting a second dose of the vaccine as government procures more vaccines to inoculate citizens.
He praised organisations including churches, civil society groups and the private sector for being supportive of government’s vaccination drive and urged that they all sustain the gains till Ghana achieves herd immunity.