A non-governmental organisation, Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation, CFDF, in collaboration with Kogi State government has lined up over 52 patients suffering from various kinds of tumour for surgical operation at the state owned specialist hospital, Lokoja.
Speaking yesterday at the formal commencement of the surgeries in, Lokoja, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Idris Omede represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Sule Aliyu, said the state had initiated moves to stem the tide of health challenges in the state, stressing that one of such steps was the collaboration with the CFDF to handle special cases of tumour or cancer among its citizens.
Dr Aliyu, who stated that the team operated 46 out of 63 registered patients in their programme in the state last year, noted that the team was back to start where it stopped, stressing that the state believed in quality and affordable health services to its people.
He reinstated the commitment of Governor Idris wada-led administration to continue to collaborate with the foundation in order to achieve its set objectives for the people of the state.
In his remarks, the leader of CFDF, Dr Seidu Bello said the foundation was conceived four years ago to serve as a platform to proffer a solution to Nigerian problem of facial deformity scourge by creating awareness and assisting the less privileged ones in the society that are affected with free surgery.
Dr Bello, who classified facial deformities into three categories of facial clefts, facial tumour and locked jaw, said all these entities had common characteristics: stigmatisation, decimation of children potential and social dislocation and among others.
While commending the state government for buying their concept and decided to collaborate with the foundation, he said 52 patients out of which 13 had been operated upon since on Saturday, had been lined up for surgical operation till Sunday.

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