The Nigerian government has pledged to continue to strengthen the health care system in the country.
The minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stated this at a media briefing on the successful separation of Conjoined twins, at the National Hospital, Abuja.
He said that the separation of the twins was as a result of teamwork, passion and and dedication to service to humanity.
Dr. Ehanire said with the feat achieved, it has been proven that the Nigerian health care system can arise to the occasion when need be.
“The government, through the National Hospital would monitor their provide assistance where needed,” Ehanire said.
He stated that the separation was a proof of “Homegrown medical care”
Also commending the management team of the National Hospital, the minister of state for health, Dr. Olorumnibe Mamorah, said that“it is unfortunate that medical personnel are not allowed to advertise but it is good to tell people what you can do and the National Hospital is doing just that”.
Minister of women Affairs, Mrs. Paullen Tallen, commended the hospital for saving the children’s life.
The lead Surgeon in the separation, Professor Emmanuel Ameh, said that the twins were admitted on the 18th of August 2018 and went through thorough examinations before the surgery was conducted on the 14th of November 2019.
Medical Personnel involved
He said that seventy eight purely Nigerian medical personnel were involved in the surgery which lasted for twelve hours.
Professor Ameh, noted that the team was able to conduct a successful surgery because the hospital provided everything the team required.
The Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital Jaf Momoh, said that the surgery was part of the hospital’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
The parents of the twin, Mr and Mrs. Edeh Mathins thanked the Nigerian government for coming to the children’s rescue.
The twins are 16 months old, hale and hearty.