The world’s largest free cleft care charity, Smile Train, in partnership with Kids Operating Room (KidsOR), renovated the children’s operating room at Enugu National Orthopedic Hospital (NOHE), in Nigeria, with the aim of bringing safer and faster pediatric surgery closer to the community.
This was revealed by a co-signed statement made available to THISDAY by the two organizations, after the theaters opened.
In her remarks, Smile Train Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Ms Nkeiruka Obi, stressed the need to prioritize safer pediatric surgery through the provision of adequate infrastructure and staff. qualified.
She said there was an urgent need for surgical and anesthesia infrastructure as well as trained pediatric care providers in the country.
“Smile Train is committed to working in partnership with local healthcare professionals to ensure that people affected by a cleft lip and palate have access to world-class treatment in their own community.
“Through Smile Train’s partnership with KidsOR, to renovate these theaters and create dedicated pediatric operating rooms, we are bringing high quality and more sustainable surgical care to children in need,” she said.
KidsOR Africa Director Rosemary Mugwe also stressed the importance of having dedicated pediatric wards.
According to her, “in this theater we have delivered around 3,000 state-of-the-art equipment. Our model is to give the right tool to qualified staff to enable them to take care of the children of Enugu and Nigeria in general.
Additionally, representing KidsOR at the ceremony, former West African College of Surgeons (WACS) President Professor King David Terna Yawe celebrated the opening of the theater and the value it will bring to children and professionals. of health.
“Our desire is to close the gap among children in Nigeria who do not have access to safer surgery. As we know, of the approximately 200 million inhabitants of the country, 46% are under 15 years old.
“We also want to increase the number of qualified surgeons offering the skills needed by underserved communities. “
In his acceptance note, Dr Ifeanyichukwu Onah, head of the plastic surgery department at Enugu National Orthopedic Hospital, praised the transformation, noting that it has boosted morale among surgical teams, the children are feeling more comfortable on their recovery journey.
“Working in the improved theater boosts the morale of the surgical team, not only aesthetically, but also by using more child-friendly equipment. This theater is now the benchmark operating space at Enugu National Orthopedic Hospital.
“Every surgeon, whatever his specialization, wishes to operate on his pediatric cases there. In addition, it has become easier to calm children down before their surgery. “