JAGATSINGHPUR:A peculiar worry has gripped villagers of Sikhar in Naugaon tehsil here. In a span of six months, as many as 12 twins have taken birth in the village.
The unprecedented high twin birth rate has left the pregnant women of Sikhar and nearby villages concerned. The women are offering prayers to village deities to spare them from giving birth to twins.
Sources said pregnant women of the locality are panic-stricken after conjoined twins Jaga-Balia of Kandhamal and Ganga-Jamuna of Nayagarh made headlines recently. While Jaga-Balia have been separated successfully at AIIMS, doctors at Sishu Bhawan are facing a challenging task to treat Ganja-Jamuna who share common vital organs.
As per reports, Rasmita Mohanty, Smita Barik and Priyanka Kar of the village gave birth to twins in June this year. The following month, another woman Rozi Kandi delivered twins. Similarly, Lilirani Rout and Deepa Swain also gave birth to twin babies in the following months.
Sandhyarani Swain, a pregnant woman of Sikhar, said, “Frequent deliveries of twins in the village have made us panicky. We are praying against twins after witnessing the condition of Jaga-Balia and Ganga-Jamuna.” The locals have also sought the intervention of Health officials to conduct a study and ascertain the cause behind frequent births of twins in the village, Swain said.
Sarpanch of Sikhar Akshya Kumar Jena said delivery of six sets of twins in as many months was not witnessed earlier in the village. The administration should find out the reason behind the multiple cases of twin births in the area, he said. Some villagers believed that climate change could be the reason for high twin birth rate.
In-charge Chief District Medical Officer Maheswar Pradhan said there was no need to panic over births of twins. A genetic problem may be the cause of rise in birth of twins in the village, he added.