A new Curing Clubfoot Cell will soon be opened at General Hospital,Panchkula for treating patients suffering from Clubfoot Cell. Also known as Congenital Talipes Equino Varus (CTEV),it is a congenital disorder (condition existing at birth and often before birth) involving one foot or both.
The affected foot looks like it has been rotated internally at the ankle. Approval for this has been given by the Government of India to establish the cell and permission has been granted for the purchase of specific equipment to deal with such cases and appointment of personnel required for the treatment.
The announcement was made at a seminar cum orientation workshop for the orthopaedic surgeons of the state on the topic of curing clubfoot,under the chairmanship of Director,General Haryana Health Services,Dr N K Arora.
The workshop was attended by 32 orthopaedic surgeons from Haryana and Chandigarh.
This was the second seminar for the orthopaedic surgeons of Haryana which aimed at giving an orientation to those orthopaedic surgeons who were left in the first seminar about the Ponseti method and also to discuss about the cases detected in the field so far. The Ponseti method is a manipulative technique that corrects congenital clubfoot without invasive surgery.
The first seminar was conducted on March 17,2013 in which 28 orthopaedic surgeons of the state,two orthopaedic surgeons of UT Chandigarh and 12 Deputy Civil Surgeons IBSY and School Health Programme of Haryana State were told about the Ponseti method.
Dr Arora stressed the need to generate awareness about clubfoot,especially in rural areas as people did not know that a treatment for this deformity was available.
He further added that that after the first seminar,46 cases of Congenital Talipes Equino Varus were detected in the month of May 2013 and 34 cases were detected in June 2013. The seminar was organised on Sunday by Haryana State Institute of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the National Rural Health Mission and Haryana Health Department.