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State Government To Help Nayagarh Conjoined Twins: Health Minister

**Cuttack**: The Health Secretary Pratap Jena visited the the conjoined girls, who were born in Nayagarh district of Odisha and are now under treatment and observation in SCB, Cuttack. He has assured of all sorts of help including that of financial assistance to the twin sisters named as Ganga-Jamuna by their parents.

The Health Minister informed the media persons, “The State Government will extend its assistance in all forms for the treatment of the conjoined twins of Nayagarh. But the first and foremost attempt will be to stabilise them. After stabilising them, there will be a proper investigation of the twins to find out whether they share the same heart or liver.”

Asked on the place where the treatment will continue or the operation of separation will be conducted, he answered, “It is too early to say something on their treatment and where will be the operation of separation done. All tests will be conducted to know the actual condition of the twins. If necessary, we can call doctors from outside, or even refer the twins to some other hospital.”

It is worth mentioning that a team of 12 doctors has been formed to keep a round the clock vigil on the conjoined girls, which include newborn medicine team, ICU team and surgical team and paedriatic experts.

Dr PK Jena, HOD, Paedriatic Department clearly stated the condition of the twins. He said, “The condition of the twins is not stable as it is not even 24 hrs old. Once we stabilise the kids, and investigate the condition properly, then only can we decide our further course of action.”

According to Saroj Satpathy, Superintendant, SCB Medical College and Hospital, “The twins are being provided with a support system and are kept in the newborn ward. If necessary, we would shift them to ICU. The risk of operation is more in newborn kids and the outcome is also very important. It is better to conduct the operation after they get a little older.”

Notably, a woman named Sumitra Dutta gave birth to twin girls Ganga-Jamuna, who were conjoined at their stomach and chest, in a private nursing home at Khalipatana village near Sarankula PS in Nayagarh district. She was referred to SCB Medical College & Hospital.

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