Foot clinic gets equipment aid from Rotary
LASUTH State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Club Foot Clinic received a boost with about N5 million donated medical equipment which include braces, materials for casting, aprons, cotton wool, syringes, needles and consumables to treat children with club foot deformity.
The donation at the instance of Rotary clubs of Gbagada, Lagos Island and Ikoyi was to remove the burden of high cost of treatment by parents who hitherto had been scared, risking the children with permanent deformity.
The Clubs have also adopted the clinic with the intention of continual support to ensure that children who are victims of clubfoot deformity are always treated free, after the equipment donated would have lasted for at least two years.
Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idris, who was represented at the occasion by the orthopaedic surgeon in charge of clubfoot and senior lecturer at LASUTH, Dr. Ladipo Adewole, said the clinic has treated about 6000 children with 95 per cent success since 2005 when the clinic was set up.
He added that there was a noticeable drop in attendance because of the high cost of the treatment which made them to solicit for assistance and Dr. Deinde Shoga and Dr. Kamaru Omotosho who are past District Governors of Rotary International used their positions to influence the support of the clubs.
“Parents of the children only need to transport themselves to the Clinic to receive treatment for their children. Cost of each brace is N10, 000 while cost of treatment is N3, 000.00 among others that had been taken over by these clubs.
“All the materials donated would last for at least two years before we exhaust them,” he said.
Director, Clinical Services and the Acting Chief Medical Director, Dr. Ayo Adedokun, said but for the assistance of the Rotary International, many children would have been left hopeless, helpless and rejected and that their parents have been saved from begging with the children by the side of the road, adding that the adoption of the clinic by the Clubs would lead to influx of parents whose children were born with club foot deformity.
The immediate past President of Rotary Club, Lagos Island, Larry Agose who started the project with others said the exercise was embarked upon to make mothers of children with clubfoot deformity happy.
President, Rotary Club of Gbagada, Olanrewaju Akintilo said the exercise would enable the children to play football while the President, Rotary Club of Lagos Island, Modupe Sasore, said the project has saved the future of the children.
President, Rotary Club of Ikoyi, Oladele Ojogbede, said the gift would remove negative impact in the life of the children in future.
The District Governor, Rotary International in charge of Lagos and Ogun States, Patrick Ikheloa, lauded the project and advised other clubs to emulate the three clubs and join them.