Spreading Smiles,a project by the Sai Seva Charitable Trust,has been launched to provide safe and quality treatment of cleft lip and cleft palate to those who cannot afford it.
Under the project,surgeries on children will be done
free of cost. Screening and documentation will be done on March 4.
The process includes surgery,four days of hospitalisation and food for the patient. Identity proof of the patient and/or parents is required for registration.
Dr Neeraj Adkar,MD,SaiShree Hospitals,said,”As part of the project,any defects in hands and legs of chidren who cannot afford treatmement,will also be corrected.” Dr Mandar Acharya,city-based Pediatric Orthopaedist and Dr Pushkar Waknis,maxillofacial surgeon will assist in the surgeries under this project.
Every year,around 35,000 children in India are born with clefts,a gap in the upper lip and/or palate.
They pointed out that there are over 10 lakh cases of untreated clefts in India. Facial clefts occur one in 600-800 births.
Though completely treatable,only less than half of them get treatment as the others are too poor to afford treatement or do not opt for surgery because of superstitious beliefs.