About 30,000 children in India are born with cleft lip every year in India and only less than 50 per cent of them reach for treatment, eminent plastic surgeon and director cleft and craniofacial centre Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Jyotsna Murthy said.
Addressing media here in connection with a symposium to be organised in the institute on November 27 and 28, she said due to lack of awarenessand economic backwardness more than 50 per cent of thechildren born with the abnormality would not come for treatment.
Citing a study, she said one child in every 700 was born with cleft lip or palate which meant, "For every hour, approximately three children with cleft lip and or palate are born in India." The exact cause for the abnormality was still not known, she added.
The two-day symposium, to be attended by more than 150 delegates, including US faculties- Barry Grayson, Pradip Shetye and Arun Gosain, would discuss and resolve various scientific and social issues, relating to these anomalies, she said.
Dr Jyotsna said many recent advances and new techniques like distraction osteogenesis had come for improved treatment in difficult cases. The distraction osteogenesis technique was very useful in correcting small and deformed facial bone, she added.
She said the cleft and craniofacial centre in Ramachandra Mediacal College had so far conducted 6,000 cleft and palate surgeries.
The centre had so far screened 15,000 children born with cleft lip.
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