The Ghana Cleft Foundation together with her collaborators beamed rays of smiles on some disadvantaged cleft palate sufferers in Wa and its surrounding communities. Currently cleft palate services are accessible only in Accra and Kumasi and for that matter patients from Wa and its surrounding environs would have to travel to Kumasi to be attended to. Aside from the long distance that has to be travelled, the attendant financial cost of travel is unbearable for the lot. Realizing this the GCF extended its ray of hope to Wa in conjunction with her partners. Before the visit, a preliminary visit to Wa was embarked on by the team leader Prof. peter Donkor to solicit for support of key stakeholders to aid in the planning execution of a successful outreach. Amongst the key stakeholders contacted were The Acting Regional Minister, The Regional Director of Health Services, The Medical Director of the Upper West Regional Hospital etc. Community participation was solicited through radio announcements and posters.
On the 11th July, 2010 the team of 14 professionals arrived in Wa. They paid a familiarization visit to the Wa Regional Hospital to pave way for the commencement of work. Courtesy calls were paid on the Medical and Regional Directors of Health. Screening was undertaken to assess and select patients for surgeries. Surgical operations and review of operated patients was carried out from the 12th to 15th of July. In all 26 patients were screened and as many as 21 of them wre operated upon. The surgical procedures corrected the following problems.
Cleft lip and palate
Hereditary gingival hyper plasia
Post operative care was given to patients with many being discharged after 24hrs and a few after 48hrs. the team departed on the 16th after a very successful outreach with a promise to be back to extend help to many more.