Prob­lem of Cleft Lip & Palate high­lighted for pub­lic aware­ness

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF REPORTER

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.

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