5 January 2013

Nigeria: Woman With Conjoined Twins Seeks Help

A 17-year -old woman, Safiya Sani, was on Thursday delivered of a conjoined twins at the Mararaba Medical Centre, Mararaba Gurkuin Nasarawa State.

Speaking with LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, the medical superintendent of the health centre, Dr. Angela Smart, revealed that the woman was referred to the hospital at 10am on Thursday from Mararaba Primary Health Centre when they were not able to deliver her of the babies.

She said: "While we were taking the delivery, we discovered that she could not do so through her virginal so we took her to the theatre and that was where we discovered that the babies were joined."

Smart stated that the woman came with a scan result indicating that he was carrying a set of twins, which also indicated that the babies were coming with legs but could not pick that they were conjoined.

Dr. Smart said the babies were however, referred to the National Hospital since there are no facilities at her hospital to separate the babies.

She used the medium to appeal to all pregnant women to adhere strictly to directive given to them during antenatal and to ensure that they attend antenatal regularly and early as well as taking their drugs especially the folic acid. "Most of these women joke with those drugs," she said.

Mrs. Sani told LEADERSHIP WEEKEND that she registered at Mararaba Primary Health Centre when her pregnancy was five months old, but never knew she was having conjoined twins or anticipate any complications at birth.

Safiya, a seamstress, said her husband, Sani Ahmed, is an Arabic teacher in one of the mosques in Mararaba. She appealed to the federal and state governments and well-meaning Nigerians for help to save the lives of the babies.

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