Foundation trains journalists on cleft awareness — Files — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
In an effort to improve Nigerians’ understanding against the stigma and discrimination related to cleft lip and palate, a non-governmental and cleft palate charity, Smile Train trained a journalist on the role of the media in tackling stigma, informing the public free of charge treatment at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
The training focuses on media practitioners in identifying their roles in positively and responsibly presenting issues related to cleft lip and palate in Nigeria
Consultant, Oral, Maxillofacial and Cleft Surgeon, LUTH, Professor Olugbenga Ogunlewe has said that cleft is not a curse or a fatal disease.
She also called on caregivers or patients with cleft to come to LUTH for the free surgery funded by the foundation with treatment follow-up
She further stated that cleft treatment is a multidisciplinary approach with teams such as speech therapist, audiologist, and nutritionist among others for proper treatment.
In his words: “Cleft can be inherited from either parent, high risk with a family that has a family history of cleft, identification of altered genes.”
Speaking on the theme: “The media as a real tool for demystifying the slot”, the foundation’s public relations and communications manager for Africa, Emily Manjeru, said that the media plays a vital role in the dissemination of information to the public.
Manjeru said that every three minutes a child is born with a key and many of these children are living with an untreated cleft due to ignorance of surgical diseases.
She said the training and workshop were part of the foundation’s efforts to ensure that everyone born with a cleft lives a full and healthy life.
Manjeru, then advised reporters to inform the public that the foundation has provided all necessary equipment and funding free of charge for quality treatment and care for cleft patients.