Operation Smile Ghana to offer free Cleft surgeries

Operation Smile Ghana to offer free Cleft surgeries

Operation Smile Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of Health(MOH) and Ghana Health Service (GHS) is offering free Surgeries to people suffering from Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate.

This will take place between October 25 to November 7 at the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua.

Speaking to the GNN in an interview, Opanyim Koomson, person in charge of registration, said beneficiaries are encouraged to register by contacting 0208629668 Or 0244455019.

He said a free transportation, meals and accommodation are all available for beneficiaries and one guardian throughout the process.

A Cleft Lip contains an opening in the upper Lip that may extend into the nose. The opening may be on one side, both sides or in the middle while Cleft Palate shows the roof of the mouth contains an opening into the nose.

Faustina, a formal beneficiary with a Surgeon

These disorders can result in feeding problems, speech problems and frequent ear infections.

Research shows that Cleft Lip and Palate are due to tissues of the face not properly joining together during development.
Both disorders are types of birth defects that can be successfully treated with surgeries.

Operation Smile Ghana for the past seven years, have been performing free surgeries to over 1,400 Cleft Lip and Palate patients.

A number of medical professionals including Surgeons, Anaesthetists, Dentists, Diaticians, Speech therapists, Nurses would be at the medical mission in Koforidua.

A formal beneficiary

Mr Koomson says registration is still ongoing.
The MOH, GHS and Operational Smile Ghana and its Ambassadors (volunteers) are actively looking out for such patients to put a smile on their faces.

“The surgery is entirely free. You don’t pay a pesewa to be treated”,he said.
All these freebies are provided to each patient and one guardian from anywhere in Ghana.

Everyone is encouraged to spread this news until we are able to identify all people with such deformities in Ghana.”

Background

Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other dental and facial conditions.

It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care.

Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety.

Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world.

Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers.

In Ghana, the team have organised free surgeries in Accra, Tema, Tamale and Cape Coast.

Source:GNN correspondent

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