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LASUTH partners Rotary on cleft lip palate surgical mission

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 LAGOS State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), in collaboration with the Alliance for Smile Group of the United States of America, led by  Rotary International, have commenced a five-day complete treatment, surgical procedures and care for patients with cleft lip and palate medical conditions in the state.

Welcoming the group to the 6th bi-annual press conference of the Surgical Mission, the Chief Medical Director, David Adewale Oke, disclosed that the previous partnerships on the same surgical mission between the two bodies had led to over 30 patients benefiting from cleft lip palate surgery.

He stated that this time around, the collaboration is expected to produce more successful cleft lip palate surgery on the selected patients at no expense to the beneficiaries.

In his remarks, District Governor,  Rotary District 9110, Kola Shodipo, said emphasis would be placed on setting up facilities on Cleft Lip Palate operations in any hospital and health institution visited by the club.

According to Shodipo, the club will bring succour to the less privileged patients that need treatment from such medical conditions and assist them in the areas of speech therapy.

He asserted that LASUTH is best equipped with both materials and specialists needed for the treatment of the health issue.

The Head of Surgery and Cleft Lip/Palate Centre in LASUTH, Prof. Idowu Fadeyibi, declared that the cost of such surgery varies with the least amount costing N200,000, but a complete package treatment, follow-up, speech therapy, healing, nutrition, psychology and proper re-integration into the community would cost more, revealing that over 400 cases have been successfully done in LASUTH so far.

The Coordinator of the Rotary Club Cleft Lip/Palate Mission, Oladehinde Shoga said the Mission is part of efforts to consolidate the existing cordial relationship between the Rotary, LASUTH and Alliance for Smile, USA.

He said, “the visiting team are in Nigeria to further cement the agreement between the parties by transferring medical skills to the consultants in Nigeria, as well as assist with the necessary surgical intervention, general care and therapy for the patients with the condition”.

Shoga said adequate publicity had been given to the mission while patients from all over Nigeria are presently in the facility for treatments with no cost implications.

Dr. Stueber, who spoke on behalf of Alliance for Smiles, said though the treatment of patients with such cases could be frustrating, all hands are on deck to alleviate the situation through the continued support of the organisation.

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