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Global camp for free cleft lip surgery

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Dalip Pande, Director-Partnership, Operation Smile India (centre) addressing a media conference in Bhubaneswar on Monday on first-ever International Cleft Care Mission to be held here from April 19 to 26. It is being organised by the Tata Steel and the Sir Dorab Tata Trust and Allied Trust to make Odisha a ‘Cleft-free State'. —Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty
Dalip Pande, Director-Partnership, Operation Smile India (centre) addressing a media conference in Bhubaneswar on Monday on first-ever International Cleft Care Mission to be held here from April 19 to 26. It is being organised by the Tata Steel and the Sir Dorab Tata Trust and Allied Trust to make Odisha a ‘Cleft-free State'. —Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Here is good news for people, who have facial deformities, but cannot afford to make clinical corrections.

An international team comprising of 40 volunteers from USA, Japan, Canada, Sweden, the Philippines and India will be here for a week from April 19 to 28 to provide surgical treatment to patients from various parts of the State at free of cost.

International healthcare NGO, Operation Smile and domestic steel major Tata Steel have joined hands to provide free corrective surgeries to those born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

The Tata Steel and Sir Dorab Tata Trust and Allied Trusts are organising its first-ever international cleft care mission in Bhubaneswar. City-based Hi-tech Hospital also pitched in with assuring to make its infrastructure available free of cost for the camp.

“With the support and guidance of the State government and the people we hope to be able to bring smiles to the thousands of cleft children and their families, and make Odisha a ‘Cleft-free' State”, said Dalip Pande, Director – Partnerships, Operation Smile India, addressing a press conference here on Monday.

While there is no government survey-backed data on cleft deformities, studies by non-governmental institutions indicate that one in every 700 live births has cleft deformity.

This translates to more than 35,000 children born every year in India with cleft deformities.

According to organisers, medical volunteer team consisting of plastic surgeons, anaesthesiologists, paediatrician, nurses, speech therapists, dentists and child life counsellors will conduct medical examinations on patients on April 19.

All patients will be seen by multiple medical specialities and undergo all necessary diagnostic tests.

Based on the medical evaluations, patients will be scheduled for surgery between April 21 and 26.

“Tata Steel is proud to partner Operation Smile India in this programme,” said Hridayeshwar Jha, Vice- President, Odisha Project of Tata Steel.


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