NAUTH Holds Awareness Campaign On Clubfoot At Oba Idemili South Council Area

NAUTH Holds Awareness Campaign On Clubfoot At Oba Idemili South Council Area

Nigeria – Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital has held an awareness and sensitizing campaign on clubfoot, as International Community marks World clubfoot day.

The sensitization which was held at the Trauma Orthopedic Center Oba, was to expand knowledge on the child deformity as well as supporting their families.

World clubfoot day which is marked on every third June annually, is set aside by the International Community to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, whose instrumentality through Ponseti method has recorded ninety percent successes in correcting the deformity which occurs due to precipitating factor.

Addressing participants at the event, an assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Benice Ogolo, who exposed caregivers on practical procedures and steps in correction of the treatable disease, said that building capacity through knowledge transfer will proffer idea in handling the deformity and noted that the consequences of the disease if left untreated, could retard life.

She revealed that massive support from Straight Child Foundation and Miracle Feet has transformed many lives.

For a resource person and Specialist Registrar, Dr. Dubem Awachie, such awareness has not benefited the rural dwellers and dismissed the issue of traditional bone setting and encouraged caregivers to strengthen the course of the treatable condition.

Contributing, the Chief Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon of the hospital, Dr. Anthony Ugezu, said that the abnormality has no genetic correspondent, as he attributed ignorance and poverty as the major challenge, facing the people about the deformity.

Some parents, thanked the sponsors of the programme for alleviating the plight of their children.

Correspondent, Odinaka Nwolisa reports that the Head of Department, Oba Trauma Center Dr. Christopher Chukwuka also spoke during the event.