Free cleft surgery camp planned at Vizianagaram

Charity Mission Smile and Tirumala Medicover Hospitals will jointly perform free cleft palate surgeries for 80 children from September 3-6 in Vizianagaram, said Mission Smile program director Rafiur Rahman and center head of the center. Hospital, VN Padma Kumar.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Rahman said parents of children with cleft problems living in North Andhra, Telangana and Odisha have registered for the camp during which surgeries free will be made for children with cleft palate and cleft lip.

Mr Rahman said malnutrition in pregnant women and marriages between close relatives have been identified by medical experts as the main reason for the birth of children with cleft problems. He said the organization had run 119 medical camps across India since 2003, helping to treat nearly 40,800 patients. He thanked Colgate Palmolive for donating funds to charitable programs

provided operations for nearly 40,800 patients across India since 2003 by running 119 special medical camps held across India. He thanked Colgate Palmolive for donating funds to charitable programs as part of its CSR activities.

He said each operation cost around ₹1.5 lakh, adding that the cost of operations has now come down significantly with many doctors performing surgeries for free. Hospital Medical Superintendent Ch. Mahesh and Program Coordinator of Mission Smile Sameer said experienced doctors come to Vizianagaram to perform the operations. They urged parents to contact hospital authorities to register the names of their children with cleft problems.

Christine E. Phillips