The management of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) in Rivers State, says the hospital would commence the treatment of kidney transplants come June, 2021.

The hospital also said it would establish a Cleft Institute come 2020 to handle all cases of Cleft Lips Palate, caused by congenital abnormalities during pregnancies.

Chief Medical Director, UPTH, Prof Henry Ugboma disclosed this to newsmen, yesterday, while flagging off the 2019 Cleft Lips and Palate Week at the hospital in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.

Ugboma said come 2021, the hospital would complete its dialysis centre to handle all manner of dialysis cases.
Represented by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Council (CMAC), UPTH, Prof Stanley Princewill, Ugboma said in the next three months, UPTH, in partnership with an international donor – Smiles Train – would have intervened in the treatment of 100 persons suffering from Cleft Lips Palate cases.

He said the partnership with the group was aimed at eradicating cases of persons living with such congenital abnormalities in the society.

Ugboma said it was the desire of UPTH to alleviate the pains and sufferings in the lives of persons with Cleft Lips Palate cases in the society.

He insisted that the treatment of Cleft Lips Palate in the hospital was free, both for children and adults, as he appealed to patients to bring children with such natural abnormalities to the hospital for treatment.
According to him, “Cleft Lips Palate is not caused by witches and wizards, but caused by congenital problems during pregnancies”.

Ugboma lauded the management of Smiles Train for partnering with the hospital to improve the lives of the less privileged in the society, adding that the hospital management has been able to stand with Smiles Train to enhance the lives of humanity by treating Cleft cases.

Earlier, the Programme Manager, Smiles Train, West Africa, Mrs. Victoria Awazie, had lauded the management of UPTH for partnering with the agency in treating Cleft patients in the hospital.

Awazie said the agency had carried out 1.5 million free surgeries globally and one million surgeries across Africa.
She attributed the causes of Cleft Lips Palate to genetic and environmental factors in the lives of babies during pregnancy in their mothers.

Smiles Train, she said, trains doctors and donates hospital equipment to hospitals to enhance the treatment of Cleft.
The manager thanked the management of UPTH for providing its team of trained personnel and accommodation to enhance the treatment of cleft patients in the hospital.