Early intervention suggested for cleft lip correction

International seminar at UHS

Muzaffar Ali

Lahore—University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Tuesday organized an ‘Int’l Seminar on Recent Updates in Management of Cleft Lip and Palate’ for local surgeons and medical students that underscored the importance of seeking early intervention for surgical correction of the defect.
The seminar, organized by UHS Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC) in collaboration with Cleft Hospital Gujrat, was a part of a memorandum of understanding signed last week between the two institutions for cooperation in research and education.
Addressing the seminar, Consultant Paediatrician, Universities of Wolverhampton & Kentucky, USA, Professor A. Rashid Gatrad said that while timing and sequence of specific cleft-related care was essential to optimising outcomes, care should be individualized to meet the needs of each patient.
“Children with cleft lip and palate should receive their specialty cleft-related care from a multidisciplinary cleft or craniofacial team with sufficient patient and surgical volume to promote successful outcomes”, he emphasized. Cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common birth defects.
A cleft is a gap in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth, or sometimes both. Each year, approximately 250,000 babies worldwide are born with a cleft. In Pakistan, the incidence is around 2 out of 1000 live births.
Prof Gatrad was of the view that primary care paediatrician had an essential role in making timely diagnosis and referral; providing ongoing health care maintenance, anticipatory guidance and acute care; and functioning as an advocate and a liaison between the family and the cleft team.

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