Decision To Shift Jaga, Kalia From AIIMS Delhi In A Week: Health Minister

Bhubaneswar: A decision on shifting of the separated conjoined twins Jaga and Kalia from AIIMS New Delhi to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack will be taken within seven days, said Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das today.

The Health minister said the State government is ready to provide treatment to the separated conjoined twins and the SCB hospital has been asked to make special arrangements in this regard.

“The two central government hospitals have denied our request, following which the State government has decided to admit Jaga and Kalia in SCB Medical College and Hospital,” said Das adding that the Railways has been asked to make special arrangements to bring them back from Delhi.

While there has been considerable improvement in the health condition of Jaga, Kalia has shown a slower recovery. As per doctors, it would take six more months for Kalia to recover fully.

The twins from Milipada village in Kandhamal district who had a fused cranium were taken to AIIMS on July 14, 2017. The brothers underwent a separation surgery on October 25 and 26 and later went through a reconstructive and plastic surgery of the skull in a phased manner.