The Gambia Clubfoot Foundation has treated over 197 children with clubfoot in the past four years cost free with help of Gambian medical personnel, according to its president Dr. Ibou Camara.
Clubfoot is a congenital deformity that may affect one or both feet. The affected foot or feet are rotated internally. It is a relatively common birth defect occurring in about one in every 1000 live births.
Experts say without treatment, children born with clubfoot often walk on the side or back of their feet.
Speaking to participants during the opening of two-day intensive training on advanced clubfoot treatment, Dr. Camara said: “We have successfully treated about 197 children who were affected with clubfoot at free cost across the country.”
.“This is an achievement that we are proud of. It would have not been achieved without teamwork with medical personnel. We are proud to say we are ambassadors of this country,” he said.
In this regard, he applauded all the medical personnel who contributed immensely to the treatment programme since its inception, while assuring continued working with them to ensure the foundation attains its sustainable development goals in the country.
He said the families that have children with clubfoot do not deserve that. Therefore, he said the citizens are responsible to treat and take care of their people.
“It is an obligation upon the government to provide treatment for anybody with complications as the international health demanded,” he said.
The expert on clubfoot treatment said his organisation is working harder to treat more clubfoot patients and also expand their treatment programme countrywide to ensure all patients get free treatment.
“If we achieve our goals, there will be a time when a child will be born with clubfoot without suffering or struggling to get treatment.
He announced that clubfoot can be treated in the Gambia and all families that have children with this disability can rush to the hospitals for treatment.