Mulago specialists separate Siamese twins in 20-hour surgery

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A team of specialists at Mulago Specialized Hospital has successfully separated Siamese twins.

Health ministry Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine says the surgery took 20 hours.

“Thanks to the team.We continue to strive towards excellence in specialized health care,” she noted.

Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng sent her immense appreciation to the team of specialists who carried out the surgery.

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“The dedication, hard work and efforts put by our team is beyond noble. Thank you.”

Meanwhile, today is World Prematurity Day held under the theme “Together for babies born too soon. Caring for the future.”

Preterm birth is defined as a birth of a baby before 37 completed weeks of gestation.

Annually, 226,000 babies are born prematurely in Uganda while 12,500 children under 5 die due to direct preterm complications.

Preterm birth may lead to: Cerebral palsy, Impaired learning, vision/Hearing problems, dental problems, Behavioral and psychological problems and Chronic health issues.

All pregnant women are advised to: attend all antenatal visits at the health facility and deliver at the health center under skilled health workers.

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