Jamshedpur, July 15: Every effort will be made to make East Singhbhum district a ‘cleft -free district’, said Dr. Pankaj Singodia, Plastic Surgeon with TMH on Tuesday.
With an aim towards rendering new smile, new hope and new life to all the cleft lip and cleft palate patients, department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, TMH conducted a free camp on Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
We are getting a good response to this camp and till 11 am around 25 people had registered, said Dr. Pankaj Singodia who along with Dr. Santosh Kumar and Dr. Prasenjit Goswami provided free consultation to the patients.
Talking on the sidelines of this camp, Dr. Pankaj Singodia said “our main motive is to make people aware of plastic surgery, what it really means and the facilities on offer in this department of the hospital. We aspire to make every child suffering with the deformity smile.
It is sad that even though the deformity is totally curable, not many people know this. And some, who know about it, cannot afford. But under the project, we hope to operate children suffering with cleft lip and palate free of cost and for this we will be holding talks with TSRDS and shall be covering patients irrespective of their capability to afford an operation,” he said.
Our Theme for the camp is to make East Singhbhum Cleft free, Dr. Pankaj added. There are around 300 patients including children who are suffering from cleft lip and palate.
Dr. Pankaj further informed that the operation cost for cleft lip and palate is around Rs 10,000 with 1 hour duration and with 24 hrs under observation of doctor a patient can move home easily but there is a need to create awareness.
Plastic surgery has evolved in the last decade allowing surgeons to fix the most complex clefts. “In India 1 in 1000 children suffer from the disease which is by birth. It is mostly with the rural children were women nutrition intake during pregnancy is much less and it is a result of poor vitamin B and folic acid levels in mothers. Genetic is also one of the reason for this ailment”, added Dr. Pankaj.
Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Prasenjit Goswami who is also part of the camp said “There are two major types of oral – facial clefts are cleft lip (involving the lip) and cleft palate (involving the roof of the mouth or the soft posterior tissue inside the mouth).
Cleft lip and palate deformity is one of the most common deformities among Indian children. There are millions who need help, but cannot access care. Due to this most cannot eat, drink or speak properly. Due to shame, they cannot even attend school or hold a job and lead a painful life in isolation”.
Earlier in the day the camp was jointly inaugurated by Sunil Bhaskaran, VPCS, Tata Steel and PN Singh, President, Tata Workers Union.