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SSB INITIATES FREE CLEFT LIP & CLEFT PALATE OPERATIONS FOR ALL

          All along the INB and IBB one common factor of poverty is prevalent. Amongst them there were many border people found to be having cleft lip and cleft palate problems.  Want of folic acid and good food remits in such birth. This could be repaired in a 45 minute operations.  There are many people with these defects in the border areas but they cannot afford the cost of their treatment. SSB decided to take some steps to help these unfortunate people. SSB also generated awareness among the masses in the border areas about the need to prevent these deformities from occurring.

            In Sept 2014, Sashastra Seema Bal, in collaboration with Border Security Force, Kolkata Police and Rotary club of Kolkata-Victoria took up the initiative called ‘Darpan’  to operate upon the  cleft lips and cleft palate in on AORs  along the Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan Borders for free. Recommended for this Smile Train International was enlisted as they were doing these operations in 80 countries. Siliguri Frontier Hqrs units first deployed its doctors and personnel to enlist all such persons in their AOR. During the project people with these congenital defects were examined and recommended for operation by a team of specialists at renowned nursing homes/ hospitals along the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders.

SSB has taken up a mission to bring smiles on the faces of cleft lip & palate afflicted persons on Indo-Nepal & Indo-Bhutan border. Officers are visiting border schools, colleges, meeting people in villages, market and panchayats to propagate knowledge about this “free cleft lip and cleft palate operation”.

            Formally the programme was inaugurated by Shri Kuldiep Singh, IPS, IG SSB Siliguri Frontier Headquarters on September 15, 2014 and the operation were conducted at Anandalok Hospital & Neurosciences at Siliguri, W. Bengal. Siliguri Frontier operated seven patients in between 23rd September 2014 to 26th September 2014 at the above hospital. Till date Frontier Hqrs Siliguri has operated upon 29 patients at Anandalok  and Goodricke Hospital.

            SSB  have partnered with Smile Train India to seek out untreated cases of cleft right up to the last villages in the border areas. SSB’s unceasing effort is invaluable to Smile Train’s mission of reaching every child with cleft. This earns SSB immense gratitude from, both, the beneficiaries and Smile Train.

            “There is a long way to go, and good hearts have to be the partners in this mission,” India’s former President, and Smile Train’s goodwill ambassador, late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam said while expressing his appreciation of Smile Train India’s programme in 2010.

  Frontier Hqrs Lucknow organized first camp on 11th November 2014  in which eight children were operated upon. 40 patients were operated at Sushrut Institute of Plastic Surgery, Burn and Trauma Centre, Lucknow, Savitri Hospital at Gorakhpur and KGMU, Lucknow.

            Patna Frontier conducted 30 operations out of which four children were operated upon 9th December 2015 at Rabia Basri Hospital at Patna and rest 26 were operated on 18th and 19th January 2016 at Kurji Holy Family Hospital and Rabia Basri Hospital.

            Guwahati Frontier Hqrs also operated 14 patients at Institute of Child and Woman Health Care at Guwahati. Ranikhet Frontier Hqrs has very few cases of cleft lip patients in its AOR and only three cases were identified and operated upon at Krishna Hospital, Haldwani.

SSB has successfully operated 116 patients all along Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan border. They are all leading a life of acceptance and have become proactive about life.

            All the Frontiers continue to work with missionary zeal and have involved all its unit i.e., from Border Out Posts to Frontier Hqrs., to identify, register the patient’s, convince them and get them operated upon. Frontier Headquarter have dedicated two telephone numbers for the purpose so that people can directly contact them.

 Summary

 

Sl. No.

Name of Frontiers

Year

Patients treated

01

Ranikhet Frontier

2015

03

02

Lucknow Frontier

2014

11

2015

29

03

Patna Frontier

2015

30

 

 

2016

07

04

Siliguri Frontier

2014

20

2015

06

 

 

2016

04

05

Guwahati Frontier

2015

10

 

 

2016

02

06

Tezpur Frontier

2015

04

Total

126



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