TAMIL NADU

Congenital disorders could be cured if detected early: VC

Staff Reporter

VELLORE: Congenital disorders could be cured if detected early, said A.Susheela Thirumaran, Vice-Chancellor, Thiruvalluvar University.

Participating in a seminar on `Congenital Disorders: Detection-Consultation-Treatment-Follow-Up' organised jointly by the Field Publicity Office, Vellore and the office of the Deputy Director of Health Services here recently, the Vice-Chancellor pointed out that though congenital disorders were caused by various reasons such as consanguineous and early marriages and failure by the pregnant women to eat nutritious food during pregnancy, the entire society was responsible for the birth of such children.

Therefore, it was wrong to blame the mother for the birth of children with congenital disorders.

The Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore, A. Somasundaram, said that as per a pilot study conducted in Tamil Nadu, 1.53 lakh children below the age of 15 years in the State had congenital disorders.

This included 2,500 in Vellore district. He said that free treatment for congenital disorders was given at all District Headquarters Hospitals in the state.

A total of 20 children were operated upon free of cost for treatment of cleft lip and palate in Vellore district.

Another 280 children with such disorders have been identified for surgery in the district, he said. District Social Welfare Officer, Saroja Thiruvengadam, said that disabled girl children were provided free accommodation, food and education through the social welfare department.

She warned that there was a possibility of children being born with congenital disorders if the birth was followed by unsuccessful attempts at termination of unwanted pregnancies.

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