Foundation Repairs People With Facial Deformities In Kogi

Ibrahim Idris, Governor of Kogi State

Ibrahim Idris, Governor of Kogi State

THE Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation in partnership with the Kogi State Government has brought succor to less privileged people who are facially deformed in Kogi State.

The team leader of the foundation, Dr Seidu Bello, said by the weekend when the foundation must have finished with the cases on its hands, 35 facial deformities would have been corrected in Kogi State.

Cleft and facial deformities have been associated with body pain and immense psychological disturbances brought about by social stigmatisation. Affected people are socially dislocated and have their potentials destroyed.

Bello indicated that it was the reason the foundation made it a point of duty to sensitise Nigerians about the scourge of cleft and other facial deformities in the society.

He said the foundation is determined to assist the predominantly poor victims or their parents in the repair of the facial deformities, adding that only foreigners have shown respect in that respect.

Bello said the foundation is determined to promote research in in the field of cleft lip and palate, establishing good data base, assist in training and joining similar organizations all over the world in improving quality of care.

Above all he said their ultimate goal is to establish a facial deformity hospital in the Federal Capital Territory for a free care for less privileged. He commended the Kogi State Government for being the first and only state to partner with the foundation for the corrective surgeries.

“Today is unique in the life of the foundation and collective fight against the scourge of facial deformity in Nigeria. Collaborating with the Kogi State Government is the first of its kind with a government in Nigeria.

“This is probably due to the belief of his Excellency in rural surgery programs as I have been informed that Kogi under his leadership has been involved in such activities,”he said.


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