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Remmy Butia June 18, 2019

CLEFT LIP PATIENTS TO RECEIVE FREE SURGERY

Hundreds of cleft lip and cleft palate patients will undergo corrective surgery at a free surgical camp in Nandi this week.

The event will take place Kapsabet County Referral Hospital and Nandi Hills County Hospital this week. It is sponsored by the county government in conjunction with Help a Child Face Tomorrow organization.

Over 100 patients from as far Kakuma and Lokichogio in Turkana county have been screened. Those who have turned up with ailments including cleft lips, goiter, broken limbs, prostate, spina bifida and other ailments.

Speaking while welcoming the medical doctors CECM for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech thanked the partners for choosing to have the surgeries in Nandi County.

“On behalf of the county government of Nandi and the entire residents, I sincerely thank you for this. I feel happy when I see our young and elderly smile because of the free medical services,’’ she said.

“This free camp is in line with our universal healthcare ensuring no one should be left behind,” said Ruth Koech.

The no-cost medical clinic will run for a whole week, three days doing surgeries and the patients recuperating.

Samson Ereng’ who traveled from Kakuma in Turkana West, said it just shows that somebody is thinking about them and the less fortunate.

The exact cause of cleft lips isn’t known, but most experts suggest they may include a genetic predisposition as well as environmental issues such as drug and alcohol use, smoking, maternal illness, infections and lack of folic acid.

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