STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Smile Train, an international NGO, in partnership with Bee Enn General Hospital, Jammu has provided over 350 free cleft lip and palate surgeries to the underprivileged children born with this birth defect. To celebrate this achievement and to create more awareness about cleft lip and palate, a Cleft Week was organised from 3rd to 9th April 2017. Speaking at an event organised by the hospital, Dr. Sanjana Sikri, Manager Programmes Smile Train commended the role of BeeEnn General Hospital and shared the Smile Train plan to provide free cleft lip surgery to around more than 50,000 patients throughout India. The entire medical team that includes Dr Suhael Zahur, Plastic Surgeon and Project Director, Smile Train at Bee Enn General Hospital, Dr Anuradha Bali Pediatric Anesthetist and Dr Vikas Mahajan Pediatrician and Neonatologist are very proud of their achievement. Dr Suhael said “We meet many families every day who are not aware about cleft and consider it as God’s curse. This year, our team will undertake more awareness programmes so that people can be told that cleft is an easily correctible medical deformity. We are humbled by the opportunity to change children’s lives and bring a smile to not only the children, but the whole family!” Speaking about the partnership with Smile Train, Dr Suhael said, “Smile Train has empowered us to apply our skills to help children and give back to the society. Correction of clefts is one of the most satisfying surgical experiences for a plastic surgeon.” On the occasion Managing Trustee informed that Bee Enn Charitable Trust is committed to provide free services of cleft lip and palate to the patients of Jammu and Kashmir.
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