Operation Smile successfully performs 23 cleft lip surgeries at Nelson Mandela University Hospital – SABC News

Provincial Health MEC, Nomakhosazana Meth praised the work done by Operation Smile South Africa with their cleft lip surgeries.

In a statement on Facebook, the Eastern Cape Department of Health said the aim of the weekend surgery program was to help 23 children and one adult undergo the life-changing operation and to support the transfer of skills to local health professionals.

“We are delighted to be invited by the Eastern Cape Health Department and Nelson Mandela University Hospital to help them help children in the Eastern Cape with fissures. Without surgery, these children face enormous health, developmental and psychological challenges. “The good news is that cracks can be repaired in as little as 45 minutes by a specialist medical team,” says Sarah Scarth, Executive Director of Operation Smile South Africa. .” Meth said.

Operation Smile has performed corrective cleft lip surgeries on 23 children over the past few days at Nelson Mandela University Hospital in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.

A group of 20 Surgical Smile Volunteers, including plastic and reconstructive surgeons, pediatricians, therapists and psychosocial specialists, teamed up with hospital staff to ensure the success of the operations.

Meth believes that partnerships with the private sector have the potential to improve people’s lives.

“This program has not only put smiles on their faces and also on their babies but has also changed their lives for the better and it is also a life saving program because we are told that children with a cleft lip or palate have a serious challenge in both talking and eating, and also in the community there is a stigma attached to it. We are therefore happy to have partners who come from all over the world, doctors who have come to spend the whole weekend to perform these operations. explains methamphetamine.

Christine E. Phillips