The Operation Save the Children Foundation (OSFC) has joined partners such as Africmed Clinical Services and Jooko Cleft Association of Dakar to conduct free surgeries for children with cleft lip palate abnormality. Adults would also be targeted if necessary.
Cleft is when a baby is born with an opening in the lip and/or roof of the mouth (palate). The gap is there because parts of the baby’s face didn’t join together properly during development in the womb.
Speaking in an interview with the First Lady’s Press Team yesterday, Abdoulie A O Bah, Administrator at Africmed Clinic, who doubles as the coordinator of the treatment project, explained that registration for this treatment services is open, while encouraging parents with children suffering from the disease to visit the Africmed Clinic at the Brusubi Roundtable.
He commended the First Lady for establishing such an important Foundation and for partnering to promote the welfare of children in the country. The involvement of the Foundation, he said, is another milestone in the treatment programme and a success for the initiative.
“We are targeting 50 children and we hope to have the treatment operation by December,” he said, expressing hope that the treatment would be a continues process. Myriam Mbaye of Jokoo Cleft Association of Dakar said they are proud to have the First Lady’s Foundation partnering in the treatment programme.
According to her, the Jokoo Cleft Association was formed in 2008 with aims and objectives of treating children born with the sickness. A total of 400 patients with the sickness have been treated in Senegal and some other countries.
by Alieu Ceesay