Approximately 45,000 children are born with a cleft lip and palate each year

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): “About 45,000 children are born with cleft lip and palate every year in our country and there are about 10,000 people in the country who need surgery. The number of surgeries performed in our country for this disease is very low compared to demand,” said Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, former president of FOGSI.

Dr. Palshetkar was initiating Cleft Lip and Palate Diagnosis and Treatment Protocols for Gynecologists and Obstetricians for Identification and Treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate to conduct early diagnosis and intervention for children with slots in India.

The protocols were prepared by Smile Train-India, India’s largest slot-focused NGO, and FOGSI.

Senior Vice President and Regional Director, Asia, Smile Train, Mamta Carroll, said, “A team of medical experts from FOGSI and Smile Train-India, namely fetal medicine experts, neonatologists, obstetricians, gynecologists, plastic and maxillofacial surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatricians, speech therapists and orthodontists have worked together to create this standard medical protocol that will be accessible to the entire obstetric and gynecological community.

“Cleft of a Treatable Birth Difference”

“Cleft lip and palate is a treatable birth difference that can be diagnosed by ultrasound as early as 20 weeks of pregnancy and treatment counseling can begin immediately. With proper counseling and prompt treatment, children with clefts can lead healthy lives and reach their full potential. — Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, former president of FOGSI

“Gynecologists play a central role”

“As the first point of contact for mothers, gynecologists play a central role in identifying fetal abnormalities and educating families with the right information. Therefore, their training and awareness must be a priority at all times. — Dr. Karoon Agrawal, Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon

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Posted: Wednesday 06 April 2022, 22:31 IST

Christine E. Phillips