Otei OO*, Ozinko MO, Ekpo RG and Isiwere AP
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, NigeriaFulltext PDF
We studied the case notes of patients that presented for treatment of cleft lip and palate under the free Smiletrain cleft lip and palate program in Calabar. There were a total of 134 case notes but two case notes did not fulfill the inclusion criteria. Biodata was collected and the total number of cleft lip and palate repair decreased from 37 in the year of commencement free surgeries to 17 at the end of the period under study. The average age at repair for each year generally reduced progressively from commencement to the end of the study. The relative prevalence of the different clefts shows a trend to what is seen in other studies. Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the response of the people to a free cleft lip and palate surgery program in a resource-poor community and to compare the prevalence of the different types of this congenital defect in our society to the findings in other communities
Cleft lip and palate; Resource poor communities; Smiletrain
Otei OO, Ozinko MO, Ekpo RG, Isiwere AP. Free Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries in a Resource Poor Community: Calabar Experience Under Smiletrain. Ann Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020; 4(3): 1062.