Having access to low-cost or free healthcare is something we strive for in the US. In Pakistan, one clinic is taking it upon themselves to provide free services for children with clefts and cleft lips.
The Daily Times posted a story about the service offered by Mayo Hospital’s Plastic Surgery Department, offering families the no-cost option to surgically repair clefts. The facility is being referred to as Combined Cleft Clinic. Salman Rafique, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Health, opened the Mayo Hospital facility Friday.
The effort is an extension of Mayo Hospital’s services, with the medical facility offering their treatment in several departments. The Combined Cleft Clinic brings the facilities under one roof.
Rafique believes that providing improved medical facilities to citizens was the most important responsibility for the government. He hopes to see more of these types of clinics at other teaching hospitals in the province.
Dr. Fareed Ahmed Khan, the professor of plastic surgery, stated that cleft lips and palates were frequent among children borne from the marriages of cousins—with Pakistan being fourth in the world in that regard.