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NGO to conduct 270 surgeries on oral health patients in Imo



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A Non Governmental organization, NGO, Oral Health Advocacy Initiative, says its surgical team would carry out no fewer than 270 cleft and palate surgeries in Imo State this week.

Founder of the group, Dr Ver-Or Ngutho dropped the cheering news yesterday while speaking at the flag off of free cleft and palate surgeries in the three senatorial zones of the state organized by the organization in collaboration with the state government.

Ngutho who lamented that oral health has been a neglected field in the country also regretted that people have continued to suffer from oral health related challenges without knowing the cause or solution.

Ngutho also said that the group hoped to find other oral health based avenues to contribute to in the state.

Speaking during the flag off ceremony yesterday at the Imo State Specialist hospital Umuguma, Governor Rochas Okorocha expressed hope that the programme will take care of all cases of cleft lips and palates in the state.

The governor who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health Dr Uwakwem expressed hope that the challenges faced by the beneficiaries, particularly cases that bother on feeding will be remedied by the surgeries.

Uwakwem added that the beneficiaries will regain acceptability in society after their surgeries and called for bigger partnerships with the group for other programmes relating to dental health.

The commissioner noted that the palate related surgeries will require special intensive care, adding that those would be handled after the end of the programme.

The programme which started on the yesterday in Owerri zone of the state will continue on the 29th in Okigwe zone and end on the 30h in Orlu zone.

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