Rotary International to Perform Free Surgery for 100 Children In Nigeria

Rotary International, District 9125 Nigeria in conjunction with District 6450 USA are to conduct free cleft surgeries in Nigeria for 100 children.

This project is said to involve the Kwara State Government, the Mike Omotosho Foundation and the Alliance for Smiles based in the U.S

A team of surgeons from Nigeria, Australia and the United States of America are to perform the cleft lip and palate reformatory surgery.

Rotary also called for the need to set up registries for birth defects across the country.  And this organization believes that this would help in determining Nigeria’s birth defects prevalence.

Cleft lip and cleft palate (Orofacial Cleft) are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Orofacial clefts (OFC) are the most common malformations of the head and neck.

The District Governor of District 9125, Dr Mike Omotosho in a statement in Abuja said that the Rotary District believes that there is an urgent need to invest in children with birth defects and reduce neonatal and under 5 mortality.