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Dilip Kumar

Phulbani (Kandhamal): The district administration has initiated process to take back ‘Jaga’, one of the separated conjoined twins, to the district headquarters hospital from the SCB Medical College in Cuttack.

Following a go-ahead from the State government, the administration has sent a two-member team of doctors to the SCB. The panel will discuss with the treating doctors and top authorities regarding Jaga's treatment before taking a decision on his shifting.

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"The State government had ordered to shift ‘Jaga’ from SCB to district headquarters hospital following which we have sent a 2-member medical team to Cuttack. The team comprising a paediatric and surgery specialists will hold discussion with the SCB superintendent and the HOD regarding the treatment and management," said Abhay Patnaik, ADMO-Phulbani.

A special '108' ambulance vehcile has been arranged for his shifting. However, SCB authorities will take a final call on Jaga's shifting,Patnaik added.

According to reports, the treatment which is currently given to the separated twins is available at the district headquarters hospital. Doctors at the district hospital are optimistic about providing better treatment to the separated child.

A special cabin has been kept ready at the maternity and paediatric ward for the admission of Jaga.

In November last year, Jaga’s brother Kalia had died due to septicaemia while undergoing treatment at SCB.

Born to Puspanjali Kanhar and Bhuan Kanhar of Milipada in Kandhamal district, the twins were suffering from a rare craniopagus disorder. They were admitted to Delhi AIIMS on July 13, 2017 with the help of Odisha government.

A special team of doctors had successfully performed the complex surgery in two stages, first on August 28, 2017 and then on October 25, 2017 to separate the conjoined twins. After spending two years at Delhi AIIMS, they had returned to Odisha on September 7, 2019.

They had been admitted to SCB after returning from Delhi AIIMS. While Jaga’s condition improved significantly, Kalia’s condition remained critical ever since he was separated.

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