Over the past two weeks, Operation Smile, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, has evaluated over 400 patients and performed 90 surgeries on people with cleft lips and other facial deformities I the cape craft municipality.
Members of the Operation Smile team were from Canada, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Patients were housed at a shelter, where they stay for the duration of the mission.
Aside from the surgeries the team also delivered skills development training in beads making, weaving and batik tie and dye-making.
Although Patient turnout for the Cape Coast mission exceeded expectations – the great team of volunteers handled every challenge calmly and tactfully”.
The Director of the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burn Centre, Dr. Opoku Ampomah. Commended the team and noted that over 90 families were full of Smiles at the end of the week.
He expressed the hope that the team world return in the near future to put smiles on the faces of the many patients who, unfortunately, they were unable to treat on this mission.
“Thanks to our diligent patient recruitment partners, we now know that there is a significant need for continuous cleft-care in the Ghanaian population,” said Operation Smile Program Coordinator Molly Milroy.