Children with ankle clubfoot to undergo surgery

ARUSHA: A NON -GOVERNMENTAL organisation identified as Management and Development for Health (MDH) in collaboration with government and private hospitals including Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) are expected to conduct surgery to 3,000 children with ankle and clubfoot problems countrywide 2023/2024 financial year.

The surgery is part of the implementation of their strategy of early identification and awareness raising to the community about the problems. Speaking to ‘Daily News’ Northern Zone Clubfoot Coordinator, Mr Goodluck Pallangyo said the service offered is free of charge.

According to him, MHD managed to reach 1,676 children from July 2023 to May 31 this year.

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Pallangyo further said that MDH continues with the efforts to reach 1,324 children with ankle and foot problems who have not yet been reached for treatment. “The provision of ankle and foot treatment is free of charge in hospitals that provide such treatment in Tanzania Mainland and in the Isles,” said Pallangyo.

However, he noted that the cost of treatment for one child is 500 US dollars which is donated by the Miracle Feet Organisation from the United States.

He said MDH is only responsible for providing the treatment and medical equipment, training of health professionals as funded by Miracle Feet Organisation. improved to accommodate all necessary demands of citizens. the government to coordinate a forum that will give stakeholders a chance to discuss on how to resume it.

“We need to have a forum that will convene constitutional stakeholders to discuss how to have political consensus on resuming the process and the government is supposed to coordinate it,” said Dr Mandi.

He said the forum will also give participants a chance to review the law that initiated the constitutional review process to see how it can be Former TLS President, Francis Stolla among other things, said, the constitution is the country’s fundamental law with the people or citizens serving as the foundation for all powers, as described in Article 8 of the Tanzanian Constitution of 1977.

In his opening remarks, TLS Northern Zone Chairperson, Mr David Shilatu said that people are still confident with Judge Joseph Warioba’s constitutional draft that will provide them with a good constitution because it will be a product of their own views.

Some participants wanted issues that led to stalled process to be well addressed. He said the clinic for diagnosing the children with ankle and foot problems started since mid-last week ahead of the commemoration of Clubfoot World Day which is marked today (June 3) every year.

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