Problem of Cleft Lip & Palate highlighted for public awareness
ISLAMABAD—Quaid e Azam International Hospital, Saturday, organized a Lecture on Cleft Lip & Palate & Burns children to highlighted the Cleft Lip & Palate problem and create awareness among the masses. Delivering lecture Dr Sabeen Consultant Plastic Reconstruction & Aesthetic Surgeon of Quaide-Azam Int’l Hospital said that cleft lip and palate are the common birth defects with an estimated incidence of once in every 500 birth in Asian Population.
She updated the audience that no particular reason but environmental and genetic factors are involved in genesis of CLP.
She said that a child untreated and left with a cleft may have speech and language problems, poor growth and lack of confidence.
She said that multidisciplinary team involves in cleft lip and palate surgery, a pediatric cardiologist, anesthetist and plastic surgeon and speech therapist take care of the children.
She elaborated that major morbidity of cleft lip deformity is speech dysfunction and communication impairment. She said that surgery is the only way to correct cleft lip and palate and the team of professionals specialists in cleft care of children.
While updating participant, she said that according to a rough estimate, there are around 1.2 million untreated cleft patients in the world in which 300,000 are in Pakistan.
She said that here in Quaid e Azam international Hospital, Department of Plastic Surgery are able to restore the function of mouth and appearance normal life in future.