By Joy Odor
The Nigeria medical community has once again witnessed a milestone in medical history with the successful separation of omphalopagus conjoined twins by a team of Medical experts at the Federal Medical Centre Keffi (FMCK), Nasarawa State.
This was disclosed by the Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora during a press briefing held to commemorate the feat on Tuesday in Abuja.
He informed that the separation of conjoined twins used to be a phenomenon that took place in medical practice of the first world, saying Nigeria is happy to announce its operation carried out by 100% indigenous medical team.
Dr. Mamora who said the conjoined twins were born about fifteen months ago on 4th April, 2019 in Nasarawa State and referred to the FMCK, where they were found to be joined at the abdomen and rib cage.
Accoording to him, the twins shared a common liver, subcutaneous tissue and skin with fixed xiphisternum and cartilages of 10th and 11th ribs.
The Minister of State said the extensive preparation for the separation involved a multidisciplinary team of over fifty (50) Medical Experts cutting across the Paediatric Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons, Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Anaesthetists, Intensivists, Paediatricians/Neonatologist, Laboratory Physicians, Scientists, Radiologists, Nurses, Pharmacists, Social Welfare Officers, Physiotherapists, Orthopedic Surgeons and others.
He said “On the 10th of July, 2020, after a 9 hour long surgery, they were successfully separated with no intra operative complications.
“They were managed in the intensive care unit and the post-operative events and outcome have been most satisfactory.” “As at today the twins are hale and are with us here Friday.”
The Minister of State commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support in encouraging Nigerian Tertiary Institutions to bridge the gap of medical tourism through clinical research and skill development.
Explaining the procedures, the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Keffi (FMCK), Dr. Yahaha Baba Adamu said it is not the first time the Centre was presented with conjoined twins.
He said they had to refer the first one to the National Hospital, Abuja for separation, disclosing that his team learnt a lesson of challenge that they had same training and expertise as the National Hospital Team thus having no reason to refer their second case.
He said they braced up to the challenge of separating the twins successfully, putting the cost of the separation of their twin at about N35 Million, all borne by FMCK with a N10 Million support from the Governor of Nassarawa State.
Dr. Mamora enjoined further that “This is what we have been able to achieve by working together. As we have always said, we have some of the best trained medical personnel anywhere in the world.
“Our institutions are strong and viable and with the needed encouragement they can rank among the best in the world” he said.