**Bhubaneswar: ** Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Monday, got in touch with AIIMS neurosurgery department head Prof. Ashok Mohapatra regarding the condition of the conjoined twins as the operation is still in progress at AIIMs, New Delhi.
Dr. Mohapatra has mentioned that the twins are doing well and the operation can last another 4 to 6 hours.
The Odisha Govt will cover all the expenses of the operation and has already sanctioned Rs. 1 Crore for the operation.
The much-awaited surgery of Kandhamal conjoined twins Honey and Singh, fondly named Jaga and Balia, began on Monday at AIIMS, New Delhi since 9 am where 40 doctors, including experts from Japan, are in harness with each other to infuse a fresh lease of life to the twin cutie pies.
The conjoined twins have been in AIIMS since July second week of this year sponsored by the Odisha Government for the most crucial operation.
They hail from the remote Milipada village under Phiringia block in tribal-dominated Kandhamal district.
Notably, AIIMS has renamed them as Jaga and Balia (nick names of Lord Jagannath and His elder brother Lord Balabhadra) in a bid to invoke their blessings for the well-being and successful surgery of the conjoined twins.
Much prior to the most difficult operation, Dr. Ashok Mohapatra had then informed media that a team of doctors was to be formed for their treatment and the surgery was slated to be undertaken only after the team of experts felt condition of the twins suitable and the surgery feasible.
It was also informed then that such a critical operation might take anywhere between 10 hours to 50 hours.
Need to be mentioned that, Prof Mohapatra was the former director of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar.
People from Odisha are emotionally connected and have showered all their good wishes for the successful operation.
Notably, apart from Rs 1 crore aid that has been granted earlier by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the operation, the Kandhamal district administration had also provided an assistance of Rs 1 lakh to the family of the conjoined twins, in addition to the District Patients’ Welfare Committee’s contribution of Rs 25,000 for their treatment.
Apart from this, the State Health Department has also assured to facilitate their treatment and bear all the expenses of the family at AIIMS.
Besides, Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena along with his departmental top officials have already visited them at AIIMS, New Delhi and are constantly monitoring the case in close coordination with the AIIMS authorities.
Later on the day, even Odisha Chief Minister also talked to AIIMS, Delhi neurosurgeon Dr Ashok Mohaptra over phone and enquired about the crucial surgery and the condition of the conjoined twins.