Orofacial Cleft: Free Surgery at Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric & Paediatric Hospital

Children with a cleft lip and/or palate (orofacial clefts) will soon be able to smile, talk, eat and hear with ease thanks to a free surgical repair campaign organised at the Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric and Paediatric Hospital.

The surgical repair campaign will run from May 23 to June 6, 2022.

What the Camapign Entails

The Chief of the Paediatric Surgery Service at the Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric and Paediatric Hospital, Prof Mouafo Tambo Faustin says the repair campaign for children with cleft lip and palate is free, an initiative of the Hospital and one its partners, Smile Train.

In order to undergo the surgery, the Doctor calls on parents and guardians to register their children.

“They could call the numbers 652719441 or 655966069 for more information,” he adds.

As concerns consultation and hospitalisation, the Assistant Head Nurse of the Surgical Unit of the Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric and Paediatric Hospital, Essomba Miriam insists that they are all FREE.

Within 48 hours or less, the patient is fit to go home but parents and guardians will be given instructions on how to feed and care for the child until he or she is fully recovered.

Commenting on the probability of success for the surgery, Dr Mouafo Tambo Faustin indicates that the success rate is close to 100 % especially with his experience of over 15 years in such surgeries.


Free surgeries for children with cleft lip and/or palate will be carried out at the Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric and Paediatric Hospital from May 23 to June 6, 2022. The main Surgeon to carry out the operations, Prof Mouafo Tambo Faustin explains the health campaign alongside one of the Nurses of the Surgical Unit, Miriam Essomba.

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Surgery Correction, Adult Surgeries Included

Though the campaign targets children, Dr Mouafo Tambo Faustin says adults who did not have the opportunity of undergoing a surgery for cleft lip or palate could register and be operated upon.

He also adds that even those who had a surgery which was not properly done could as well come for a correction surgery.

Cleft Lip and Palate, a Predominant Condition

Statistics on children born with cleft lip and palate in Cameroon are not readily available yet Dr Mouafo Tambo Faustin indicates that his medical unit receives one case almost every week, proof that the condition is widespread in Cameroon and the world at large.

About Cleft Lip and Palate

Cleft Lip and Palate are birth defects which occur when a baby’s lip or mouth is not properly formed during pregnancy.

According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), a cleft lip happens if the tissue that makes up the lip does not join completely before birth. This causes an opening in the upper lip which could either be a small slit or a large opening going through the lip into the nose. The CDC notes that children with a cleft lip can also have a cleft palate.

“A cleft palate happens if the tissue that makes up the roof of the mouth does not join together completely during pregnancy. For some babies, both the front and back parts of the palate are open. For other babies, only part of the palate is open,” the CDC explains in an article.

Children born with one or both of these conditions usually have difficulties feeding and speaking, ear infections as well as hearing problems and problems with their teeth.

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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