Prez Akufo-Addo fulfils pledge to conjoined twins, pays GH¢14.3m for surgery
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo through the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare has today made payment of GH¢14,394,397.58 for the cost of the operation and the purchase of surgical equipment for the surgery of the conjoined twins at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.
It will be recalled that in July, the Chief of Staff announced on behalf of President Akufo-Addo that the government had taken up the entire cost for the separation of the conjoined twins.
Medical doctors are set to perform the first local separation of twins conjoined at the head next month.
A team of 166 specialists, pooled both local and internationally, are engaging to facilitate the surgery whose entire cost has been underwritten by the government.
The conjoined twins were delivered at Nsawam on March 30, 2021, but were transferred to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital immediately for the necessary medical interventions that would lead to their separation.
The Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Charity Sarpong, said since March 2020, the technical team of specialists from all over the country had been collaborating with international medical specialists in preparations towards the scheduled September separation procedure.
“We hope to see a very successful operation,” she said.
She said there had been a lot of support trickling in for both the family and the medical team.
“We are all aware of what the President did, promising that they would help with all medical bills for separating the conjoined twins. I must say that the general public has also been very supportive, and today we are here for another very important purpose,” she said.