Kolkata, Sep 12 (UNI) Children with facial deformities like cleft lip and palate in West Bengal now have every reason to smile through all odds in life.
Dr Hermann F Sailer, a man with vision to give new meaning to the lives of children with facial deformities in India, in his philanthropic venture would provide free surgery and treatment to children with cleft palate.
Dr Sailer, president of Zurich-based Cleft Children International (CCI), at a press conference here yesterday announced CCI's tie-up with Bhagawan Mahaveer Cleft Foundation (BMCF) here to open a 12-bedded wing at Genesis Hospital in the city's eastern fringe to provide free treatment to the children with such inborn defects.
''Our motive is to provide a comprehensive treatment for the underprivileged Indian children, who face the social stigma for their abnormalities,'' Dr Sailer added.
He also informed that state Health Minister Surya Kanta Misra had assured to help the organisation find the number of children from every district so that they could be provided free surgery and treatment at the centre.
He had also urged the general masses to support their campaign to deter from all sorts of prejudices and superstitions against such 'special' people in India and clarified that the main reasons behind these inborn defects are genetic and malnutrition.
''The number of people with such defects in India are far more than those suffering from HIV/AIDS,'' he said adding that one in every 500 people suffers from this defect in the country.
Before coming to the city, Dr Sailer had already cured hundreds of such children and adults at Hyderabad, Chennai, Mangalore and Mumbai.