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Separated Conjoined Twins Jaga-Balia To Return Odisha Soon, State Govt To Bear All Expenses

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Bhubaneswar: Separated conjoined twins Jaga-Balia who have been undergoing post surgery treatment at AIIMS, New Delhi, are expected to be shifted to Odisha very soon.

This was informed today by the Health Minister of our State here and our State's National Health Mission (NHM) managing director (MD) at New Delhi.

Interacting with media, Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said, “National Health Mission (NHM) MD is holding discussion with the AIIMS authorities. The day Jaga-Balia will be shifted here to Odisha, 8-member AIIMS team will also accompany them. They had first asked us for an air ambulance for this purpose. Now they have informed us for transportation by train. However, nothing has been finalized about the shifting date nor the place of admission here, whether AIIMS unit here or Apollo. But, the State Government will bear all the expenses.”    

NHM MD Shalini Pandit informed media, “The AIIMS team is continuing with their medical treatment to Jaga-Balia. Today we discussed with them. AIIMS Delhi informed that the kids are now ready to be discharged. They (AIIMS team) will provide us with a medical advisory shortly on the best mode of their transportation. Very shortly decision will be taken on the discharge of the children.”

She added, “We are also holding discussion on where to be admitted here in Bhubaneswar so that their treatment will be continuously given here in Bhubaneswar.”

“No date has been finalized, but they will be discharged soon. Shifting arrangement will be done by the State Government only after the receipt of the medical advisory from AIIMS team. The team has also confirmed that it will accompany the children during transportation. Soon after returning Odisha, they won’t go back home. They will be under medical care here. Later on, they will be discharged for home,” Pandit replied to media queries.

It is notable to mention here that the conjoined twins had been separated after a 12-hour long marathon surgery at AIIMS, New Delhi in October 2017. They had been under observation since.

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Naba Kishore Das, Health Minister, Odisha