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EIB raises over GHC500k as Gov’t reaches out to ‘Ridge conjoined twins’

President Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged to pay for the full cost of operation to separate two months old conjoined twins.

The conjoined twins are currently on admission at the Ridge Hospital.

Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare made the announcement to the media in Accra Monday.

The EIB Network last Thursday begun a public campaign to raise funds to support the surgery. The campaign which was led by the General Manager of the English Cluster of the media conglomerate Nana Aba Anamoah had already raised over GHC500,000.

Surgeons at the Ridge Hospital say it will cost a whopping GHC3,000,000 to separate the twins who are joined in the head to enable them to live independently.

They explain that this is the first time doctors in Ghana will be conducting such a specialized operation.

A Neurosurgeon at the Ridge Hospital, Dr Samuel Kaba Akoriyea has indicated that the operation will be done in various phases, adding that a minimum of 4 to 5 stages of surgery will be required.

He noted, “there is a bone defect because the brains are attached and you need to work on that. If we are able to separate them successfully, which we hope to, then we should have enough skin to cover up.”

Again, they have a lot of blood vessels that are now coming up and the more you wait, the more they get intertwined, and it becomes more difficult,” he added.

The phenomenon of twins conjoined at the head is said to occur once in every 2.5 million births.

The type of surgery to be performed is not common and it comes at a very high cost.

“The cost is quite expensive and very relative. When we did our search, this can cost between $1.5 million and 4.6 million dollars out there,” Dr Kaba said.

About 60 per cent of twins conjoined at the head, unfortunately, die in the womb and another 35% dies within 24 hours after birth leaving only 5% who survive until surgery.

Source: Kasapafmonline.com

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