The Federal Medical Centre, Yola, has successfully separated another conjoined twin, the third in the series of such feat. Such successful separations of conjoined twins were carried out in the hospital in 2013, 2018 and 2020, under the leadership of the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Auwal Abubakar.
The latest conjoined twins were brought from Yenogoa, in Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta, of the poor parents of unemployed secondary leavers, Mr Raphael Ayebaiemi and Mrs Godsgift Ibiyyefa. At an elaborate occasion to celebrate the grand feat and mark the discharge of the patients at the hospital premises in Yola, weekend, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor Awwal Abubakar, noted that the success was attained as a result of the interventions of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd and Emeka Offor foundation who donated modern equipment that enabled the hospital to carry out the operation. During the case presentation, Abubakar noted that the twins were delivered on December 12, 2019, through a cesarean section at Bayelsa State and were taken to FMC Yenagoa after they were identified to be conjoined and were stabilised. He noted that the management of the FMC Yenagoa contacted the FMC Yola for the surgery which they agreed to perform noting that transporting the twins presented a challenge as the conjoined twins cannot transport via a commercial flight because of some inherent challenges and psychological effect.
The CMD noted that since the surgery on August 20, 2020, they have recuperated very fast and started playing just after three days and where discharged on the fifth day after the operation. He called on the federal and state governments to expand health insurance scheme to cover the informal sector, increase budgetary provisions to the health sector in line with the world approved best practices and also called on well to do individuals to come to the aide of the all-important sector. The twins’ father, Mr Raphael Ayebaieni in his remarks said he was short of words to express his gratitude to the Federal Medical Centre Yola, the Nigerian Airforce and others who contributed to making the operation a success.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, has celebrated the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Yola, Adamawa State, and the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof Awwal Muhammad Abubakar, following the successful separation of conjoined twins.
The SGF made the announcement over the weekend at an occasion organised in Yola to celebrate the CMD, who is also the lead surgeon, and the hospital for successfully carrying out the separation of the conjoined twins.
Mustapha noted that the success has made Adamawa State and the hospital proud as a centre for medical excellence in the country.
He said since the inception of the FMC, the hospital has separated conjoined twins in 2013, 2018 and 2020, adding that this makes it the fifth time the CMD, Prof Awwal, has separated conjoined twins in his career, and he needs to be honoured.
“l will try to talk to the federal government so that we can honour you; surely your labour will not go in vein,” he said.
Mustapha urged Nigerians to always express love to one another and shun any divisive tendency, adding that the fact that conjoined twins born in the Niger Delta came to Yola to receive free treatment, shows an unprecedented love extended by one Nigerian to another irrespective of any difference.
He noted that such spirit must underpin how Nigerians should relate.
The SGF commended the Chief of Air Staff, Air Mashal Abubakar Sadiq, for airlifting the conjoined twins who were born in Beyalsa State to Yola to receive the free treatment.
Shortly after the occasion, Prof. Auwal revealed to journalists that Grace and Mercy, the eight months old set of female omphalopagus twins, were delivered by Caesarean section at the General Hospital in Nembe, Bayelsa State, on December 25, 2019, with a combined birth weight of 5.8kg, shared a single umbilical cord and were joined from the mid thorax to the mid-abdomen with a fused liver.
He said the twins were earlier managed at FMC in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, before being transferred to the FMC in Yola, Adamawa State, on January 4, 2020, to be separated.
Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director of FMC Yenagoa, Dr. Dennis Alagoa, said while receiving the babies on arrival at Bayelsa International Airport on Sunday disclosed that a team of pediatric surgeons and healthcare personnel from the two medical institutions collaborated to achieve the feat while the Nigerian Air Force provided logistics for medical evacuation from Yenagoa to Yola.
“We applaud the Chief of Air Staff, Air Abubakar, for his swift intervention by making avaliable the aircraft and logistics for medical evacuation of the babies alongside their parents and medical team to and from Yola.
On arrival in Yenagoa, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrujakpo, donated the sum of N1 million to the parents of the babies.
The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola, has taken delivery of vital medical equipment, donated by the National Lottery Trust Fund, to curb coronavirus pandemic in Adamawa state.
The equipment comprises of General Purpose Digital Radiography, Extra cassettes, Voltron 60KVA, 3 phases, ultra-wide range industrial and ervo (VTC 3-6000) was commissioned and handed over to the hospital by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Sen George Akume on Wednesday.
Akume, lauded the agency for commissioning over 15 projects in the health sector in the last four months, saying, the gesture is remarkable and the path to end overseas medical tourism.
The commitment of NLTF in harnessing resources for the upgrading of primary healthcare centers and other tertiary health centres is boost to the health sector
He re-affirm government effort for the immediate take-off and deployment of the central monitoring system as a viable option to remove all inefficiencies in the lottery industry to strengthening the capacity of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission and NLTF for optimal result to curtail revenue losses estimated at 100billion in the last 14 years.
Akume also charged licensees and permit-holders to without further delay pay-up their outstanding liabilities or risk the revocation of their licenses and permits as efforts are underway to recover the backlog of revenues due to government.
“Accordingly, all persons and organizations licensed to engage in national lottery business should be ready to meet up with their statutory obligation to avoid being sanctioned.”
Earlier, Dr. Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary and CEO the essence of the support to make difference in saving lives by providing high standard of care to vulnerable, pregnant women, children and patients seeking urgent interventions with serious diagnostic challenges.
He added, monitoring an evaluation mechanism to track the progress of the intervention programmes, and utilization of the facilities has been put place in the hospital.
“I encourage people to observe all the laid down protocols issued by PTF on Covid-19, the NCDC and stay safe while lauding the commitment of government and the hospital their strive to improving the healthcare standard of Yola community and its environs.”
He urged stakeholders to key into raise awareness of the value of lottery funding, leveraging on the evidence base intervention programmes.
The Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Prof. Awal Mohammad ,who received the equipment said the hospital through the fund committee had treated 470 people free of charge.
Mohammed said the bed capacity of the hospital will soon reach 500 urge for more support.
He assured judicious utilization of the equipment for the purpose intended.