University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital appreciates God after successful separation of conjoined twins

On Thursday, January 14, the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin, Kwara State, successfully separated conjoined twins. The hospital revealed the set of female twins, who were conjoined at birth, alive to the public after doctors successfully separated them. 

While speaking to reporters in Ilorin, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UITH, Prof. Abdullah Yussuf, said;

"Today, we are witnessing another breakthrough in this hospital and we are very grateful to God for making this thing possible. We are also grateful for those who have contributed so immensely to the success of the operation, especially the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. He supported the procedure by giving us substantial amount of money and that actually propelled us to achieve the feat."

Meanwhile, sources revealed that the achievement by the institutions team of medics happened despite the shortage of equipment at the hospital. Yussuf also heaped praises on the dedication and determination of the 66-member team.

In addition, Yussuf affirmed that the act by some privileged Nigerians to seek medical tourism abroad could be stopped if the nations public hospitals have the necessary medical equipment.

The CMD who is a professor of Behavioural Science stated that assistance from individuals and corporate bodies would be needed in this aspect. This is due to the fact that that government may not be able to solely fund the citizens health demands. Addressing reporters on the shortage of equipment, he said,

"It is not peculiar to UITH alone. It is a general phenomenon in many institutions like ours. Some of our equipment has gone obsolete." 

He also stated that the separation of the conjoined twins which was done by a team of experts in the hospital was diligently led by a pediatric surgeon.

Parents of the babies, Mr. and Mrs. Tawakalitu Ahmed, pleaded with Nigerians for assistance to be able to take care of the babies. Immediately, the CMD announced automatic employment for the couple at the hospital. They were glad to hear the news. In addition, the CMD noted that the public presentation of the babies was with the permission of the parents who are natives of New Bussa in Niger State.

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