Khoula Hospi­tal or­gan­ises events on cleft and cran­io­fa­cial aware­ness

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Khoula Hospi­tal is hold­ing sev­eral events this month as part of ‘Cleft and Cran­io­fa­cial Aware­ness and Pre­ven­tion’ pro­gramme. Dr Taimoor al Bu­lushi, pres­i­dent of the Omani So­ci­ety of Plas­tic Re­con­struc­tive and Aes­thetic Surgery (OSPRAS) and head of the Plas­tic and Cran­io­fa­cial Surgery Depart­ment and the mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary cleft unit at Khoula Hospi­tal, said that cleft lip and palate and cran­io­fa­cial anom­alies af­fect many chil­dren in Oman. These chil­dren re­quire a lot of sup­port and mul­ti­ple sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tions dur­ing their life­time, he said.

The In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety of Cran­io­fa­cial Surgery has ex­tended its sup­port to the events in cre­at­ing pub­lic aware­ness about cleft lip and palate and other anom­alies.

Dr Bu­lushi said that man­age­ment of cleft lip and palate and other cran­io­fa­cial anom­alies is one of the top pri­or­i­ties of the Min­istry of Health, and Khoula Hospi­tal is con­sid­ered as one of the largest and best med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in the Mid­dle East.

Dr Bu­lushi said that the hospi­tal treats more than 200 new cases ev­ery year.

“Our ded­i­cated mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary unit has es­tab­lished cleft and cran­io­fa­cial pa­tient man­age­ment pro­to­cols and has pub­lished many sci­en­tific pa­pers in in­ter­na­tional jour­nals. We have con­ducted many ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes and held cleft clin­ics all over the coun­try. Re­cently, the di­rec­tor gen­eral of Khoula Hospi­tal dis­trib­uted gifts to cleft pa­tients who are un­der­go­ing treat­ment.”

He said that OSPRAS and the Plas­tic and Cran­io­fa­cial Surgery Depart­ment at Khoula Hospi­tal will also be ar­rang­ing coun­selling ses­sions for par­ents of af­fected chil­dren.

Dr Bu­lushi thanked H E Dr Ahmed bin Mo­hammed bin Obaid al Saeedi, Min­is­ter of Health, H E Dr Mo­hammed al Hosani, Un­der­sec­re­tary for Health Af­fairs, MoH; Dr Ali al Mashani, di­rec­tor gen­eral of Khoula Hospi­tal and Dr Rashid al Ruzaiki, di­rec­tor of surgery, Khoula Hospi­tal for their sup­port in or­gan­is­ing the events.

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