Dimapur, April 1: A free mega surgery camp for primary cleft lips and palates (unrepaired cleft lips and palates), was held at Oking Hospital & Research Clinic (P) Ltd., Kohima from March 28 to 30, under Smile Train Shija Cleft Project-Mission Nagaland, 41st phase.
Altogether 29 children with cleft lip and palate were operated free of cost during the free mega surgery camp under Smile Train India, according to a press release received here on Thursday.
Smile Train Shija Cleft Project-Mission Nagaland is an initiative to reach out to the cleft lip and palate patients of Nagaland and give them a new lease of life by rendering free of cost corrective surgery, free medicine, accommodation and travelling allowance up to a permissible limit.
More than 600 cleft patients from Nagaland have availed of free treatment till date under this project, it informed.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are openings or splits in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate) and are among the most common birth defects, it stated.
Smile Train was founded in 1998. Since then, it has grown into the world’s largest cleft-focused global NGO with its headquarter based in New York, USA and helping more than 1,500,000 poor children with clefts, training thousands of medical professionals and establishing hundreds of programs in the world’s poorest countries, it added. (Page News Service)