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Prevalence of Conjoined Twins in NW Raises Eyebrows 

By Michael Ndi — The increasing delivery of Siamese twins, better known as conjoined twins, in the North West Region of Cameroon is driving shock waves in to the spines of women of this area.

After the successful delivery of a conjoined twin at Kedjom Ketinguh (Small Babanki) village of Tubah Sub-Division, Mezam Division, North West Region, on February 5, 2006, the Region has continued to record similar cases. No medic has explained the reasons behind this situation which had never been heard of in this Region until the first case was recorded in February 2006.

After the small Babanki case, two cases were reported in 2007 in Nwa sub-division  of Donga Mantung Division and another was reported in Bum, Boyo Division, but the twins died shortly after delivery. In October 2011, another Siamese twin was born at Acha Tugi, Mbengwi,  Momo Division of the North West Region.

The mother of this latest conjoined twins, Glory  Ngwen, who took time to recover from caesarean  section, intimated to that she went for ecography and was told she  was going to have twins but little did the medics and her family know that she  was going to  have them conjoined.

A midwife at the hospital said during delivery, they first saw two legs of a baby and thought it was going to be a normal delivery. “Not long, we saw a 3rd leg attached to the same baby and we called the doctor and after the successful delivery, all the children  were all doing fine, passing out stool normally as any other baby”.

After a cry for help from Cameroon government, the babies’ parents, Samba Evaristus and Glory Ngwen, both farmers from Mbengwi , ferried the babies to the Yaounde Gyaenaco obstetric hospital  where the government  is now sponsoring the medical care of the babies.

The Ministers of Public Health, Mama Fonda and Social Welfare, Catherine Mbakang Mbock, promised that government will sponsor the babies in any good hospital around the world. According to them, Cameroon has not got the facilities to separate conjoined twins. The minister of public health advised that such malformations could be avoided if pregnancies are followed up in an appropriate manner.

Like the first case at Small Babanki, all the twins are females. In the recent case in Mbengwi, the twins were joined from the abdomen to the chest, one heart and four legs. In the Small Babanki case, assistance came from King Abdallah Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia thanks to Professor Tih Pius Muffih, the Director of CBC Health Board who solicited help from the international community through the CBC Health Board website.

King A    bdallah Bin Abdulaziz personally accepted to foot the bills for the evacuation of the twins and parents, Mr./Mrs Akumbu, to Saudi Arabia. Surgical operation of the twins in the king Abdulaziz medical city Riyadh was successful. As of now, the Small Babanki twins are 6 years, 8months old and doing pretty well in their village.

The twins, named Sheavvaboh and Sheamboh, came through normal delivery but were joined on the stomach with 3 legs. With the help of Saudi Arabian authorities the babies were separated after 16 months at the cost of 65 million FCFA. Thanks to the Saudi Arabian authorities again, the children have been given an Islamic centre in their Small Babanki village, a mosque, an Imam’s residence and a small school for the benefit of all the children.

Sheavvaboh has just a left leg and Sheamboh has a right leg. One of the 3 legs the babies were born with was used to cover the wounds during their separation. Both children babies is that both pass out faeces through their columns in the stomach.

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