QC to provide free cleft-lip surgeries

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The Quezon City government has sealed its partnership with an international cleft charity, Smile Train, to help facilitate treatment of people born with cleft lip and cleft palate for free. Ten initial patients born with facial malformations are set to undergo surgical procedures. The largest cleft charity has already tapped the Marikina Saint Vincent General Hospital as the official partner for surgical operations covering Quezon City. Under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by city councilor Jose Visaya and the organization’s coordinator Jennifer Mercado, all provisions including operative medicine and surgery supplies shall be considered before and after the operation. The agreement also includes providing transportation for the program beneficiaries during check-up and follow-up procedures. All take-home medicines, including antibiotics, will also be provided for free by Visaya’s office. “Hopefully, we can have the program expanded in the entire city,” the councilor said. Visaya has instructed barangay (village) coordinators from District V to coordinate with administrators of different QC public schools to ensure that the program is disseminated especially to schoolchildren who are born with such deformities.

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