The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin, Kwara State, has successfully separated a conjoined Twins in an operation involving a 66-member team.
The female twins who are children of Mr. and Mrs. Tawakalitu Ahmed from New Bussa, Niger State, were presented to the public ‘alive’ after the successful operation.
Addressing Newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital on Thursday, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UITH, Prof. Abdullah Yussuf said medical tourism abroad by privileged individuals will be minimized if the country’s public health sector is properly funded and equipped.
He added that support from corporate bodies and individuals would greatly assist in this respect since government cannot exclusively carry out all the health needs of the citizens.
Parents of the Twins pleaded for support in taking care of the girls and they were immediately given automatic employment to work in UITH by the CMD.
It is instructive to note that this is not the first attempt by medical practitioners in UITH to separate conjoined twins, in fact, this is the third and most successful attempt.
The first attempt saw the death of one of the twins while the second attempt culminated in the death of both twins.