The Kenya Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgeons to hold free cleft surgery camp at the Kangundo Level 4 hospital.
- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
The Kenya Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgeons will from 29th November-1st December 2017 hold a free cleft surgery camp at the Kangundo Level 4 hospital.
In Kenya approximately one in every 500 Kenyan child born annually is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate however only a few of them undergo surgery to correct the condition because parents lack awareness.
Cleft lip and cleft palate is a condition whereby a split is formed on the upper lip forming a gap that lengthens to the nose. It occurs during pregnancy and if not treated early the child will develop difficulty in speech development, breathing, drinking and eating as they age.
“The first three months of a pregnancy are a critical time for a growing fetus: In addition to many other developments taking place throughout the body, the structure of the mouth and face also begins to take shape. Normally, at around the fifth or sixth week, the two sides of a baby’s upper lip begin to fuse together. Sometimes, though, the fusing does not happen the right way and the upper lip is split, or cleft,” reported the Boston’s Children Hospital in its investigation on the condition.
“A child with a cleft lip has a visible separation in the skin of her top lip. This space can be a small hole, or it can be a significant opening that extends from the base of the baby’s nose all the way down to her top jaw and gums. Between the eighth and twelfth weeks of pregnancy, the roof of a baby’s mouth begins to form.”
In a bid to raise awareness of the condition, other organizations such as Smile Train, have partnered with various hospitals around the country such as Gertrude’s hospital, Nyeri county referral hospital, Jordan hospital in Kitui, Nairobi East hospital in Kitui and Embu referral hospital among others to conducting free surgeries.
Smile Train, is an organization that performs over 1000 free surgeries every year on children with the condition in a bid to give them a smile.
For the Kenya Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgeons camp, screening of patients is currently ongoing at the hospital and for more information they can be reached on: 0722841904