All Rwandans need to know that cleft mouth is treatable and heals completely and the patient is left as normal as any other person.
This campaign to encourage parents to treat children with cleft mouths started in Ruhengeri Hospital on Monday the 23rd Sept 2013. The campaign started with the treatment of children that were born with cleft mouths from all parts of the country free of charge.
According to Dr Deogratias Ndekezi the director of Ruhengeri Hospital; the campaign to treat cleft mouths disease is being carried out by medical experts from America, Pakistan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom among other countries.
“Every parent with a child having cleft mouth should bring him/her to be treated; this campaign will last only for 3 days.”
Dr Deogratias Ndekezi goes on to explain that the Hospital has been receiving cleft mouth patients for the past week. “Rwandans will soon be treated of cleft mouth without the support of foreigners for Rwandans are being trained.”
Emmanuel Iyakaremye says most of cleft mouths patients have been living in shame and others are hidden in the houses for people not to see them. “This is however an achievement, cleft mouths patients will be treated and talk, laugh and smile like other people.”
Cleft mouth commonly known as Cleft palate or cleft Lip is a condition in which the two plates of the skull that form the hard palate (roof of the mouth) are not completely joined. It usually gives the patient hard time in eating, smiling and even talking.