Social responsibility drive

23 children receive free medical assistance

Family Welfare Department extends support

CUTTACK: As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, Posco-India conducted a cleft lip and palate correction camp at SCB Hospital here for selected patients of Jagatsinghpur district.

The four-day camp that began on Tuesday concluded on Friday, with as many as 23 children receiving specialised free medical and surgical assistance.

Some 27 others too benefited from the camp.

Posco-India, a subsidiary of South Korean steel giant, is setting up a 12-mtpa Greenfield steel plant near Paradeep in Jagatsinghpur district with an estimated investment of 12 billion USD. But, off late, the project has been delayed due to growing unrest among local people over land acquisition for the plant.

Medical aid

Under the CSR programme, the company is extending medical assistance to patients of eight villages of Dhinkia, Naugaon and Gada Kujanga gram panchayats of Ersama block where the plant is proposed, says its spokesperson Sasanka Patnaik.

A 13-member team from Seoul National University, comprising seven surgeons and two nurses, conducted the surgical corrections with the help of available facilities at the Plastic Surgery Department of SCB Medical College and Hospital here.

Company personnel said Posco was committed to working for the welfare of the people of Orissa.

“We have observed that cleft lip is a widespread problem among locals. Hence, we are inspired to bring specialised medical and surgical assistance for the betterment of the locals,” Korean doctors said.

100 cases identified

“About a 100 cleft lip and palate disorder cases have been identified in the locality. But, after a screening, only 25 cases are found to be suitable for surgical corrections,” said Arun Choudhury, plastic surgery professor of SCB hospital, who coordinated the four-day camp.

The State Dental Council, the Health and Family Welfare Department and the local administration extended support for the programme, Prof. Choudhury added.