Babies born with cleft lip defect should get free cleft lip surgery in Kenya.
This follows the launch of a state-of-the-art lip clfet facility in Ngara, Nairobi by the non-profit Bela Risu Foundation.
Dr. Martin Kamau, founder of the hospital, says cleft lip is one of the most common birth defects with high cost of corrective surgery.
“Having a child with a cleft lip comes with an unbearable set of challenges including shock and malnutrition, as children also have difficulty feeding or breastfeeding in their early years,” said Dr. Kamau.
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According to Kamau, the opening of the Ngara hospital will allow low-income families to access the service.
According to data from Belarisu. 500,000 children are born with the disease requiring specialist treatment.
In Kenya, an estimated six children are born every day with a cleft lip or cleft palate.
“We conducted a needs assessment and the data obtained identified the lack of comprehensive cleft care in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. We also noted an increased demand for orthodontic services, nutritional support and speech therapy in patients with a cleft,” Mahaburbur Khan said.