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New smiles for cleft lip patients

A health expert from the Republic of Korea will return to Vientiane province this month to conduct surgery for patients with cleft lips and palates.

The team has provided free treatment for local people in this province since 2008.

Free treatment for individuals with cleft lip and palate is set to be performed from August 23-25, Vientiane health department Provincial, Dr Sengthavy Naththavong told Vientiane Times .

The medical team from Korea has been providing free surgery and treatment in Vientiane province for the past ten years.

More than 20 people, both children and adults have benefitted from the programme each year.

He said surgery and treatment would take place at the provincial hospital.

Patients from all districts of the province can register for free surgery or treatment on weekdays, but will not be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Registration is now open, and those interested should call hospital officials on 030 5122364 or 020 5552 0600, he said.

This year, health authorities expect that more than 50 patients to come for treatment from Thoulakhom, Keo-oudom, Kasy, Vangvieng, Xanakham, Maed, Hinheup, Viengkham, Meuangfeuang, Phonhong and Meun districts.

The team can provide free surgery and treat about 7 to 8 patients per day.

Normally, the cost of surgery and treatment is US$100 per person, a price few poor people can easily pay.

Based on previous experiences, the Korean doctors said the team were very pleased to be able to help Lao people.

“I have also learned some new useful lessons from Lao doctors,” one said.

“We hope that we will return to do this again and again in the years to come.”

Director of Vientiane health department provincial, Dr Soukphathay Sopaseuth said the programme has not only helped the patients but also provided much-needed training and hands-on experience for local medical staff.

He thanked Korean health experts for their team's support and financial assistance to the patients and their caretakers.

The project strengthened not only the relationship between medical teams but also the nations and peoples.

Doctors, nurses and volunteer from Korea work with Lao doctors for two weeks at a time.

They provide assessment, surgery and support for patients, many of whom are children aged three years, some with complex surgical problems.




By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update August 12, 2017)

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