Separated twins Jaga-Kalia to be shifted to Odisha soon

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Bhubaneswar: Separated twins Jaga-Kalia, who are undergoing post-surgery treatment at AIIMS in New Delhi, are likely to be shifted to Odisha soon.

A four-member delegation today held discussion with senior doctors of the AIIMS in this regard.

According to reports, the AIIMS will issue an advisory to the state government within seven days for necessary care of the separated twins after they are shifted to Odisha.

Talking to media persons here, State Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said, “Talks are on with the AIIMS authorities to shift Jaga-Kalia to Odisha. An 8-member AIIMS team will also accompany the separated twins on the day of shifting. However, the mode of transportation is yet to be finalised.” The State government will bear all the treatment expenses of Jaga and Kalia, the minister added.

Meanwhile, the National Health Mission (NHM) managing director (MD) of Odisha Shalini Pandit said: “The AIIMS authorities have apprised that Jaga and Kalia are ready to be discharged. A medical advisory on the best mode of transportation will also be issued by the AIIMS shortly.” She also informed that discussion is underway to admit the duo in Bhubaneswar for regular and timely checkups.

The meeting held at Delhi AIIMS board room continued for an hour. Neuro Surgeon Dipak Gupta, heads of Pediatrics, Anesthesia & Administrative departments, NHM MD from Odisha, Shishu Bhawan Superintendent, Apollo Hospital’s Neuro Surgeon and  Joint Secretary Health Department were present in the meeting.

Notably, the conjoined twins Jaga-Kalia were separated after a 12-hour long marathon surgery at AIIMS, New Delhi in October 2017. They had been under strict medical observation since then.

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