The Alliance for Smile group of the United states of America led by the Rotary International Club and its Nigeria counterpart in partnership with the Lagos State Government through the State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) have started a 5 days complete treatment, surgery procedures and care for indigents patients with cleft lip and palate Medical conditions.
Welcoming the group to the 6th Bi-annual Press conference of the Surgical Mission , the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Prof. David Adewale Oke emphasised on the previous missions that had led to the success story of over 30 patients in the state who had benefited from previous operations and stressing that the collaboration is expected to produce more successful Cleft lip Palate procedures outcomes on the selected patients at no expense on the part of the patients.
The District Governor of the Rotary club District 9110, Mr Kola Shodipo said emphasis would be placed on setting up facilities on Cleft Lip Palate operations in any hospitals and Health institutions that would be visited by the Club in bringing succour to the less privileged Patients that need treatment on this Medical condition and assisting them in the area of speech therapy.
He asserted that LASUTH is best equipped with both materials and specialists needed for the treatment of the health issue .The coordinator of the Rotary Club Cleft Lip/ Palate Mission, Dr Oladehinde Shoga said the Mission is in continuation of the relationship between the Rotary Club , 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 in the aspect of surgical intervention, general care and therapy for the patients with this condition.
Dr. Shoga said adequate publicity were given before the commencement of this mission and 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 treatment of patients with such cases could be frustrating but all hands must be on desk to alleviate the situation by pledging the continued support of the organization.
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