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Akufo-Addo Pays GH¢3m Cost Of Separating Conjoined Twins At Ridge

 

 

 

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has offered to pay the full cost of the surgery of the conjoined twins at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge.

 

 

This was made known by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, on Monday, July 5, at a ceremony in Accra.

President Akufo-Addo’s intervention comes after the mother of the Siamese twins Rebecca Bansah in June appealed to the public to help raise funds for the surgery.

The twins are conjoined at the head, and the procedure to separate them, doctors say, will be the first of its kind in the country.

 

The total cost for the surgery is GH¢3million.

Data suggests that only about 5 per cent of conjoined twins survive until surgery, but doctors at Ridge are hopeful the surgery will be successful.

Dr Samuel Kaba Akoriyea, a neurosurgeon at the facility, said although the surgery process will be daunting, the neurosurgeons are very competent in carrying out the operation.

He mentioned that it would take about five stages to complete the surgery.

Meanwhile, the children and their mother are currently on admission at the Ridge Hospital, awaiting the procedure across the next eight months.

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