The Director General of Imo Foundation, Hon. Mrs. Beulah Chukwuma has said that the deceased conjoined twins, Goodluck and Rejoice Njoku received best of attention and care during their stay at the foundation.
Hon. Chukwuma stated this while reacting to the allegations made by the father of the late twins, Mr. Anayochukwu Njoku that they died out of outright negligence, ill-treatment and abandonment from the foundation and the state government.
The late twins, who hail from Umuakagu-Agbaghara Nsu in Ehime Mbano Council Area of Imo State, died on the 24th July, 2020 after they were transferred to the Federal Medical Center, FMC, Owerri for medical attention.
It could be recalled that the late kids, lost their mother, Mrs. Chidinma Njoku few hours after their delivery on 11th March, 2020.
And on 20th March, 2020, at the request of the state government, the twins were brought to the foundation for proper attention and their subsequent separation surgery, which the Governor, His Excellency, Sen. Hope Uzodinma had promised to cater for.
Speaking to newsmen, the Imo Foundation DG said that against the claims by Mr. Njoku, the delay on the surgery was occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 coupled by the medical advice that the surgery would be done once the twins clock one year, but they developed illness and died at the age of five months.
She said, “for the records, the twins (Rejoice and Goodluck) who were under the care of lmo Foundation were never abandoned by the government of lmo state.
“The truth is that they were well cared for. His Excellency Dist. Senator Hope Uzodinma in line with the shared prosperity agenda of this administration magnanimously took them in when they lost their mother at birth and has been caring for them by providing resources for their upkeep including adequate medicare until their unfortunate demise on the 24th of July 2020.
“They were kept with their care givers in a very neat and serene environment at the lmo Foundation’s guest house while waiting for them to come of age to enable them undergo the necessary surgery for their separation. Imo Foundation guest house has electricity, the rooms are air conditioned and well netted. The twins while they were alive had access to proper medicare at FMC Owerri plus a doctor and nurse assigned to their care who also come in daily to check on them.
“There was no case of abandonment, carelessness and lack of value for human life as you alleged. We gave them the best possible care but unfortunately they died. I invite anyone who cares to come and visit the foundation for verification. His Excellency via lmo Foundation did the best for our twins. There was no foul play from us or anybody towards their death.”
Also reacting, the Chief Nurse at the foundation, Mrs. Caroline Nwaturuocha expressed dismay over the attitude of Mr. Njoku following the death of his little children.
She disclosed that immediately the kids developed illness, the foundation rushed them to FMC, Owerri on the 14th July, 2020 and they died 10 days later after the specialists had given them the best medical services to resuscitate them.
She therefore urged the general public to disregard Mr. Njoku’s claims, insisting that the twins may have died a natural death owing to the complexity of their nature as they were born with complex anomaly being conjoined.
She said, “we did not contribute in any form to the death of the conjoined twins because while they were here, we gave them best of care and attention. We placed them in our best facilities and assigned our best medical hands who catered for their medical needs all through.
“Also every week, we report to our contact specialist at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu on the state of their health for continuous guidance pending when their separation surgery date is due.
Nwaturuocha further said that the family of the deceased twins was ungrateful to have gone to the media, an attempt she said was to malign the DG, the foundation and Imo State Government , “after all we did for the kids.”
According to her, “they (the conjoined twins) could have died long ago if not for the intensive care and love they received from all of us here in the foundation. God will bear us witness and I must add that every thing pertaining to their stay here were open and documented.”