Conjoined twins: Gov’t fulfils pledge to foot cost of surgery

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The Chief of Staff presents a dummy cheque to officials of Ridge Hospital

The Chief of Staff, Mrs Akosua Frema Opare, yesterday presented a cheque for GHC14, 394,397.58 on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the state to settle the full cost of the surgery of the conjoined twins at the Ridge Hospital in Accra.

This is in fulfilment of a pledge by the President in July during a visit to the family of the twins and doctors who would perform the surgery.

Presenting the cheque to hospital officials, the Chief of Staff was hopeful the release of the money would now make way for the purchase of equipment to enable doctors perform the surgery on time to save the lives of the conjoined twins.

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She said government is also on stand-by to provide all the needed support to the medical team in ensuring that the surgery is successful.

Appeal

Mrs Frema Opare however appealed to Ghanaians to support the twins, their family and the medical teams with prayers.

The Director General of the Ghana Health , Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, received the cheque on behalf of the hospital and medical team.

He thanked President Akufo-Addo and government for the release of the funds, and gave the assurance  that the medical team would do a good job in saving the lives of the conjoined twins.

Present at the ceremony were the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu; the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, and chairman of the Health Committee in Parliament, Nana Ayew Afriyie.

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