Sure Steps Africa raises alarm over clubfoot congenital deformity among children in Africa
By; Amos Tauna, Kaduna.
The rising increase of Clubfoot congenital deformity medically known as Congenital Talipes Equivarous among children has become a thing of great concern in Africa and the need for government at all levels to take urgent steps to curb the situation before it gets out of hand, founder, Sure Steps Africa, Mrs. Omowumi Olukayode Ajulo, has observed.
Speaking to newsmen in Kaduna before the 5 Kilometres walk, she noted that clubfoot congenital deformity could be treated using the ponseti method.
She explained that there was the need for sensitization and
enlightenment programmes to create awareness on the ailment that could be treated with early detection, stressing that the clubfoot walk aimed to break tradition and cultural barriers, myths and financial constraints of parents to embrace medical services at the appropriate time for possible curing of the ailment.
The Non-Governmental Organization, according to Mrs. Ajulo, was to help in its little way towards reducing Congenital Talipes Equivarous among children to zero level incidences of untreated diopathic clubfoot.
“Once there is early action within the first week of life, Sure Steps Africa takes absolute responsibility for the treatment. The cause of clubfoot is unknown. It is a congenital abnormality. The deformity occurs while the child is developing in the womb and the child is born with it.
“We’re telling people, once you have a child with this deformity, present such a child early within one week of life so that the child attests full correction before he starts walking,” Mrs. Ajulo said.
The 5 km walk kick-off from Constitution road, through Independence Way and terminated at Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, Yakubu Gowon Way, Kaduna.