“Radiation exposure during pregnancy can lead to cleft problems”

Doctors across the country perform free operations on patients with cleft lip at Vizianagaram camp

Doctors across the country perform free operations on patients with cleft lip at Vizianagaram camp

Pregnant women’s radiation exposure could lead to cleft lip problems in babies, doctors say, stressing the need for them to protect themselves from radiation and avoid X-rays, especially in the first three months of pregnancy, which generally corresponds to the development of the face. arrived.

Experienced doctors including Mr. Prabhaskar from Hyderabad, VIRKS Kuljeet Singh from Ludhiana, Harpreet Kaur from Chennai, Giseth from Columbia and 10 other medical experts came to Vizianagaram to perform operations on about 80 cleft lip patients from all over State, Odisha, Telangana at Free Medical Camp, jointly organized by charity Mission Smile and Tirumala Medicover Hospitals.

Doctors extend their service free of charge.

Dr Prabhakar, who leads the medical team, said cleft lip and palate problems are mostly seen in children from tribal areas.

“Pregnant women should make it a point to eat nutritious foods. Although folic acid deficiency is the main cause of cleft problems, studies show that radiation exposure can also harm babies,” he added.

Vizianagaram Kolagatla MP Veerabhadra Swamy, who officially inaugurated the program, hailed Tirumala-Medicover Hospitals Managing Director K. Tiruamala Prasad and Mission Smile-India Program Director Rafiur Rahman for conducting operations at Vizianagaram over the past four years.

The head of the hospital center, VN Padma Kumar, said post-operative care was also taken for elderly patients who needed counseling and medical support for a few years after the operations were completed.

Christine E. Phillips