As Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) airlifts six children with cleft lip conditions to Juba on Sunday this week, parents have been urged to enroll their children with the condition to school.
An official from ADRA organization says this will help them identify children with disabilities such as cleft lip and offer them free treatment.
They airlifted 2 girls and 4 boys to Juba to undergo surgery.
Tong Deng Bok, ADRA Education Officer says they have noted parents are still hiding their children with cleft lip conditions at home, this he says limits children from accessing education.
Tong says the organization strives to encounter fear and build self esteem among the cleft lip children at school through offering treatment.
“There is much need to enroll children in school despite of their disabilities conditions, we have seen some parents hide their children at home but they [parents] should know that it is not only their children with this condition with cleft lip, it is all over the world, So if you have a child with such condition, register them to schools and we shall support them to get treatment,” he told Mayardit FM.
with support from Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), three cleft clip patients were successfully treated from Gulu Hospital in Uganda in 2022.
Cleft lip palate is a common birth condition that leaves an opening or splits in the roof of the mouth and lip. It can occur alone or as part of a genetic condition or syndrome.
Symptoms arise from the opening in the mouth. They include difficulty speaking and feeding.