Phulbani: Conjoined twins Jaga and Balia of Milipada village under Phiringia block of Kandhamal district will leave for All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi for treatment on Thursday.
According to sources, the conjoined twins will leave for the national capital along with their parents – Pushpanjali Kanhara and Bhuiya Kanhara by the Rajdhani Express.
National Youth Health Programme Assistant Manager Soumya Samantaray and one Ayush doctor from Nuapada Primary Health Centre would accompany them and will stay in the AIIMS until the surgery is completed, added the sources.
The family left their house yesterday evening. Bhuiya Kanhara had to shoulder the twins and walk more than two kilometers in heavy rain as the ambulance could not reach their home due to bad condition of the road. They spent the night at Phiringia Community Health Centre and left for Bhubaneswar this morning. They are now in the capital city of Odisha and will leave for New Delhi tomorrow.
Following media reports, Health Minister Pratap Jena had tweeted saying that the State Government would bear the medical expenses of the 2-year-old conjoined twins.
Kalinga TV had highlighted the story of the conjoined twins in November 2016, and then repeated it on June 7, 2017.
Kandhamal district administration has provided an assistance of Rs 1 lakh to the family of the conjoined twins, while the district patients’ welfare committee has provided Rs 25000 for their treatment.
Apart from this, the Health Department of the state government has assured to facilitate their treatment and bear all the expenses.
The kin of the twins expressed their gratitude to the supporters and are hopeful of having successful treatment of the minors.