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Separated Conjoined Twins Jaga-Balia’s Discharge From AIIMS Delhi Lands In Controversy

30 July 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Even though it has been about two years and AIIMS Delhi authorities wish to discharge the separated conjoined twins Jaga-Balia of Odisha’s Kandhamal, the matter has been found embroiled in controversy as the aggrieved father of the twins points finger at the State Government for the alleged dilly-dallying while Odisha Health Department pass the buck on the two Directors of AIIMS Delhi and Bhubaneswar.

In his media reactions, Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said, “Jaga-Balia are now in AIIMS, Delhi. Our departmental officials have already talked to the authorities there and they have advised to shift them to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. But, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar hasn’t consented yet. Hence, we have requested AIIMS, Delhi to hold consultation with AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and whatever suggestions will be given in connection with Jaga-Balia case, Odisha Government is ready to follow.”

“Now the matter is between two Directors of AIIMS. Whatever medical expenses would arise here at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, all will be borne by Odisha Government. If any written direction comes from AIIMS Delhi, we are ready here to take the necessary steps,” the Health Minister remarked. 

On the contrary, the aggrieved father of Jaga-Balia in his media reactions there at AIIMS Delhi has reportedly said that they are eager to be discharged as the condition of the twins is good and the authorities there want to discharge them but the Odisha Government is allegedly delaying the matter.

Notably, Odisha Government has been bearing all the expenditure till date since the pre-surgery to post surgery. The Health Department officials as well as the Minister have been taking stock of the situation from time to time.

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Naba Kishore Das, Minister, Health, Odisha