Smile Train concludes ‘Cleft Week’

Smile Train concludes ‘Cleft Week’

Smile Train concludes ‘Cleft Week’

Aligarh: Director of New York, USA based ‘Smile Train’ project, Professor Arshad Hafeez Khan under the patronage of J N Medical College and Hospital, Principal and CMS, Prof Tariq Mansoor recently concluded ‘Cleft Week’ programme.

The week long programme was organized and executed by the Department of Plastic Surgery, with active support and cooperation of Prof Najam Khalique, Chairman, Department of Community Medicine.

During the programme, awareness campaign about cleft lip/palate was carried out in plastic surgery OPD No 18. Teaching and Non-Teaching staff along with resident doctors participated in educating the patients/attendants and distributed pamphlets. Meanwhile, banners displaying free surgery for cleft were placed all over the hospital.

Awareness camps were organized at Maulana Azad Nagar, Shehenshabad; Qila Public School; Al-Noor Public School; Primary Health Centre (PHC); Urban Health Training Centre (UHTC), Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC); Boys High School at Jawan and Girls Inter College, Cherratto among other areas in Aligarh to educate the masses, students, teachers and health workers.

During the programme, Prof Arshad Hafeez Khan did a power-point presentation at NSS Office for about 100 NSS volunteers. A similar presentation was also done at the STS School to educate more than 100 class IX & X students and their teachers. The presentations at both the places were followed by an interactive session of questions and answers.

Prof Arshad Hafeez said that the aim of ‘Cleft Week’ programme was to create awareness especially in the remote areas and amongst the weaker sections of the society.

He added that with the ‘Cleft Week’ programme, the Smile Train aimed to inform people about the availability of free surgery for cleft lip/palate throughout the year in Plastic Surgery department of J N Medical College and Hospital.

He further said that researches have shown that about 35,000 children of cleft lip/palate are born in India every year and at least 50 percent remain un-operated in the remote areas. He also mentioned that there are about 10 lakh un-operated cases of cleft lip/palate in India.

“Smile Train is working at 170 partner hospitals in 110 cities in India and has so far sponsored total free surgeries for 450,000/- cleft children in India,” said Prof Arshad Hafeez adding that Smile Train is also working in 85 developing countries and has sponsored more than 1000, 000 free cleft surgeries all over the world.

Smile Train under the patronage of AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) came into an agreement with AMU in December 2014. Since then the organization has been sponsoring free surgeries for children with cleft lip/palate in the Post Graduate Department of Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive surgery in JNMCH.

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