After allegedly turning down pleas to assist corps member whose full time housewife delivered Siamese twins at Delta State University Teaching Hospital at Oghara, the country home of former Governor James Ibori, Delta state government has indicated its willingness to foot the bill for the surgery of the twins.
The news of the Siamese twins broke out on Sunday when former secretary to Delta state government, Ovuozorie Macaulay, paid a visit to the teaching hospital, ostensibly to visit a fellow from Isoko axis of the state and discovered the Siamese twins at the hospital.
Macaulay was said to have called on good spirited Deltans and Nigerians to come to the aid of the twins and also called on governments to assist in the surgery so as to save the life of the twins, the delivery which was the first of its kind since the teaching hospital was established by previous administrations in the state.
However, on Monday night, news broke out that the Delta state commissioner for health, Dr. Omordi Ononye, visited the hospital and allegedly told the corps member father and his wife that the state government was not interested in the surgery of the Siamese twins who were delivered through a caesarian session.
Reports say the Delta state government was showing indifference to the welfare of the children even after due communication had been made to the office of the state commissioner for health.
The reports say: “The state commissioner for health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, has been here on a visit to see the Siamese twins but to our utmost surprise, he asked the hospital management to keep the matter out of the media, and said categorically that the state government lacks the finance to address such matter and Governor Okowa is not even interested in such issue.
According to the source, who is a management staff, the state official reportedly urged the parents of the twin babies to find a means to raise funds and see that their conjoined twins are surgically separated without involving the state government.
“We pleaded with him (commissioner for health) to meet the state governor and table the matter with him so that something could be done since it’s our first case, but he insisted that the governor is not ‘interested.’
But at a media briefing on Tuesday at the conference room of the state ministry of information, the question pulped up by a concerned journalist demanding why the commissioner would say the state government was not interested in the surgery of the Siamese twins.
The commissioner, who felt disturbed by the question, told the crowd of journalists that the report was not the true representation of what transpired at the teaching hospital when he visited.
He said journalists should be careful and avoid disseminating untrue information to members of the public, noting that the reporter was wicked and perhaps he was drunk at the time of filing his story of his visit, adding that Governor Okowa is child friendly and would not turn his face away from the welfare of children.
He described the condition of the twins at the hospital, demanded for how much the surgery would cost, insisting that he told the hospital management and the parents of the twins that the state government would foot the entire bill needed for the surgery of the Siamese twins.