‘Operation Smile’ all set on Nov. 9-17

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Thursday, November 8, 2012


ANGELES CITY — The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-assisted Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) free harelip and cleft palate surgeries are all set on November.

KDF president Benigno Ricafort told Sun.Star Pampanga that those who want to avail of the services of the free surgery mission for their children would still be able to attend the final screenings in November 10, Saturday at the ONA.

The “Operation Smile” is slated from November 9 to 17 at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Hospital.

He is inviting families, who cannot afford the costly reconstructive facial surgery including the medicines, to avail of the free services, which will be conducted by volunteer doctors from Operation Smile.

The incidence of oral cleft in the Philippines is estimated at one in every 500 live births.

With an average of two million live births a year, 4,000 new cleft cases are added annually in the country. Recent study shows that malnutrition and lack of Vitamin 6 and folic acid during the pregnancy period might be one of the causes of harelip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

Ricafort said commercial reconstructive surgery usually costs thousands of pesos, but with the KDF program, patients would not be spending for the surgery as it would be shouldered by KDF and other partner organizations that share their resources for the program.

Volunteer doctors for the mission will arrive in November 9 and will attend a welcome dinner at a restaurant in Angeles City before being briefed on the other programs and trusts of KDF in Pampanga.  

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 08, 2012.

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