LASUTH To Create Centre For Cleft Palate, Lipping Patients

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The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, last Monday said it would soon inaugurate a cleft lip and palate centre to properly care for patients with such conditions.
The Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke, made the assertion at the 6th Biannual Conference on Cleft Palate and Lipping in Lagos.
Our correspondent reports that the conference was to express the hospitals willingness to work with the consultants and specialists from the United States under the auspices of Alliance for Smiles.
“It is also to continue to partner with the Rotary Clubs, Nigeria, to provide succour to the needy.
“Four years ago, we had our first interface with Rotary and since then, they have been here biannually to follow up patients that have undergone cleft lip surgery before and to perform surgery on new patients that have continued to come.
“Now, they want to go a step higher; they have been able to gather the specialties that are required to complete the surgery and their mandate, so that they will be no more defect mentally, psychologically and other wise, by putting all these groups together.
“What I will do is to ensure that they have a room, a theatre where the cleft palate surgery will be carried out; so soon, there will be centre for cleft lip in LASUTH.
“There is also a plan to have the special x-ray machine that will give us more successes for the surgery and we expect that to be here by the end of next year.