ICLAPA continues to treat patients with cleft lip and palate free of charge

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – July 24, 2022): Islamabad Cleft Lip and Palate Association (ICLAPA) has continued the process of providing free medical care to children with cleft lip and palate.

“If needed, a team of ICLAPA surgeons are available to operate on affected children,” said Farhat Akhtar Rehman, a senior member of the association.

Speaking to APP, she said the operation took place at Fuji Foundation Hospital and Heart International. “We welcome affected patients to receive the treatment urgently free of charge,” she added.

Parents of affected children can contact mobile numbers 03335157676 and 0300-5192490 to register them for normal treatment or surgery.

Farhat Akhtar Rehman said his organization has been providing free medical facilities to poor families since 2004 with the support of families, friends and philanthropists.

ICLAPA was a group of volunteers, relying on donors to bring hope and happiness into the lives of people who were financially challenged to care for their children.

The noble mission was initiated by her late husband, Dr. Akhtar Rehman.

Doctors say the delay in treating ailing children could lead to speech, behavioral and psychological problems making them vulnerable in society. Nearly 10,000 children with these defects are born each year in Pakistan and, alarmingly, an estimated 200,000 children with these defects are awaiting surgery.

Cleft lip is more common than cleft palate. Boys are more often affected by cleft lip alone or cleft lip with cleft palate while girls suffer more from cleft palate. The causes of cleft lip and palate are still unknown; however, it is thought to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors or exposure to viruses and chemicals during fetal development.

Feeding or feeding problems, ear infections, hearing loss, speech impediments, dental problems, and social isolation are also problems associated with these deformities.


Christine E. Phillips