Pune, 29th November 2021: Study reports of Ministry of Health, Government of India and Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai reveal that 1 out of every 800 babies is born with a cleft lip and palate in our country. This translated to a rising backlog of around 1 million untreated cases.
Children with an untreated cleft face difficulties while feeding, breathing, chronic ear infections and hearing loss, dental problems, speech difficulty and many other health problems.
Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital (ABMH) in association with Akila Bharatha Mahila Seva Samaja (ABMSS), a charitable society that supports cleft surgeries for children has successfully conducted more than 25 cleft surgeries completely free for children in the last two months. The objective is to treat more such children in near future. The hospital has been providing these free surgeries from all over Maharashtra, including Pandharpur, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar amongst others.
“We wish to reach out to all such children in Pune and periphery with a focus on children born with cleft lip and palate to make their lives better through this service”, shared Rekha Dubey, CEO, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital.