, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – Health workers at the Kenyatta National Hospital will accompany the separated conjoined twins once they are discharged from the hospital.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by Health Cabinet Secretary Dr Cleopa Mailu who paid them a visit.
“We would like a social worker and a team of people sent to the home of the mother. They will advise on the way forward and let us know if there isn’t need for social rehabilitation,” Mailu said in a statement, “they will also educate family members on what needs to be done in the short and long term.”
The Cabinet Secretary has assured that “The babies have no neurological deficit and are progressing well at the KNH HDU.”
He also revealed that the government was working out on modalities to clear the Sh160 million bill incurred during the successful surgery billed as a fast in Sub Saharan Africa.
During the visit to the hospital, Mailu congratulated the team of 58 separated the two toddlers who were conjoined on their lower-backs for two years and two months. The surgery took the team about 23 hours.
Mailu said he was impressed with the recovery progress of Blessing and Favour.
Last week, their 29-year-old Mother, Caroline Mukiri told Capital FM News that she almost lost hope from the moment she saw her little girls were conjoined.
Even when she began the two year journey of waiting for the separation of her babies, she said she had her low moments with fears if the operation would be successful.
And since last week, Mukiri could not hide her joy and appreciation as she celebrated the successful separation.
Blessing’s and Favour’s success story was double contentment that they were separated and that Kenya now has capacity to separate conjoined twins in future.
Blessing and Favour are expected to be moved from the ICU to a normal ward in about a week’s time according to KNH.