Dr Seidu Bello is the executive director of Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation and has asked for the creation of a craniofacial unit at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital to provide a more affordable and accessible maxillofacial treatment.
Bello made the call at the ceremony opening ‘team 25’ of free facial and cleft surgery programmes at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital in Oyo State. He appealed to the hospital’s management to engage a surgeon.
He also called on the Oyo State government to accelerate action to establish the School of Dentistry at the university in order to provide dental and maxillofacial surgeons for the realization of the team 25 festival.
Bello stated that the 25th edition of the program has seen a large turnout from patients with various facial deformities.
“As of today, 44 patients had registered. While we have treated 13 patients, surgery will continue for one more week to reach 50 patients. We cannot care for everyone, which is a reminder that facial deformities can be common.
According to statistics, 20 (45%), of the patients are Ogbomoso residents and 32 (72%) Oyo citizens.
Expert said that it was unacceptable for Nigerians to continue living with severe psychological disorders and facial deformities while others look elsewhere.
He said that facial deformity was not a disease reserved for the poor, but that it is possible to treat with funds and technical knowledge.
“If we can all come together as professionals to perform free surgeries, it is vital that healthy people support us with money so that we can continue our good work. The era of relying on foreigners to fund this is slowly coming to an end. We have to rise up and take action. We have taken the initiative to keep this project going. He said that we challenge professionals from other specialities to rise to the occasion.”