Kumasi — Thirty medical professionals have been offered special training to provide free cleft surgery and other forms of essential cleft care in the country, under the auspices of Smile Train, a global charity into cleft surgery.

The medical professionals, selected from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, in batches of six, were offered a range of clinical training in surgery, anesthesia, nursing, and other comprehensive cleft care.

The last batch, made up of pediatricians and anaesthetists, were taken through Basic Life Suport/Pediatric Advanced Life Suport (BLS/PALS) for children.

Smile Train is the largest cleft-focused organisation providing training, funding, and resources to empower local medical professionals in 70 countries, including Ghana, to provide free cleft surgery and other forms of essential cleft care in their communities.

Speaking at the opening of the training, Mrs Nkeiruka Obi, African Representative of Smile Train, said that the organisation would continue to ensure that surgeons and trainees around the globe had access to the most advanced, effective cleft surgery training tools available in this modern time.

She noted that in low-resource settings, access to safe, high-quality surgical training could be a challenge, particularly when it comes to training for specialised procedures like cleft lip and palate surgery.

Dr Anastasia Ohene, anesthetist at KATH and an instructor with Smile Train, who facilitated the training, indicated that after cleft lip or cleft palate surgery, there could be speech difficulties-hypernasality and articulation difficulties.