A 17-year -old woman, Safiya Sani, was delivered of conjoined twins at the Mararaba Medical Centre, Mararaba Gurkuin, Nasarawa State, last Thursday.
Reports say Dr. Angela Smart the medical superintendent of the health centre
during an interview with newsmen 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 she was carrying a set of twins, which also indicated that the
babies were coming with legs but could not pick that they were
Dr. Smart said the babies were however, referred to the National
Hospital since there are no facilities at her hospital to separate the
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.
While speaking with some journalists, Mrs. Sani said that she
registered at Mararaba Primary Health Centre when her pregnancy was five
months old. She added that she neither anticipated having conjoined
twins nor having 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.
Culled from The Herald