Odisha Minister Pratap Jena Meets Separated Conjoined Twin Jaga

Phulbani: Housing & Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena, during a two-day tour to Kandhamal district on Friday, met Jaga, one of the separated conjoined twins, and inquired about his health.

Jaga is currently under observation at the District Headquarters Hospital in Phulbani. Jena met his parents and the team of doctors treating him. He was happy to know about the improvement in Jaga’s health and prayed he will soon be able to lead a normal life like other kids.

Born to Bhuan Kanhar and Puspanjali Kanhar of Milipada in Kandhamal district, Jaga-Kalia had been separated on October 25, 2017, after a marathon surgery that lasted around 11 hours at AIIMS, New Delhi.

A special team comprising 20 surgeons including four Odia doctors and 10 Anesthesiologists led by AK Mahapatra and other paramedical staff successfully conducted the cranial separation surgery.

It was impossible for the conjoined twins from Kandhamal to survive had not the Odisha government promptly responded to the media reports on the plight of the kids.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sanctioned Rs 1 crore from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for their surgery and treatment at Delhi AIIMS. The Odisha Government was fully looking after their treatment and medical expenditure there.

After being separated, the erstwhile conjoined twins Jaga and Kalia were admitted to SCB Medical College & Hospital on September 7, 2019, following their discharge from AIIMS New Delhi.

However, one of the separated conjoined twins Kalia passed away on November 26, 2020, due to septicemia and shock. Later on March 22, 2021, Jaga was discharged from SCB Medical College & Hospital and sent to Phulbani DHH after getting approval from the State government.

Pratap Jena, H&UD Minister, Odisha