Gambia celebrates World Clubfoot Day

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Gambia on Tuesday commemorated the world Clubfoot day at a colourful ceremony held at the Kanifing General Hospital.

Around the world, the day is commemorated on the 3rd June, but this year, The Gambia Clubfoot Foundation and its partners observed the day on the 11th June.

Clubfoot is a common congenital deformity of the foot caused by the atypical development of the leg bones and ligaments while in the womb.

Globally, about 200,000 babies are born with clubfoot every year. About 80% of these are born in the developing countries like The Gambia, which tend to have high incidences of neglected (Global Clubfoot Initiative).

Ibou Camara, the founder and national coordinator of Clubfoot Foundation, The Gambia said that the day was meant to raise awareness on this type of deformity at birth.

Camara disclosed that they have trained doctors at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital and Kanifing General Hospital to care for the children with such deformity.

The foundation, he went on, has registered 50 patients of such deformity, undergoing corrective treatment at both hospitals.

He thanked their sponsors- Happy Feet, based in the United States for training and providing treatment materials.

Also speaking, Dr. Kebba Marena, a lead doctor in the treatment of Clubfoot in The Gambia, said it is high time Gambians, and the Ministry recognises clubfoot as a serious problem which needs to be tackled.

Dr Marena maintained that Clubfoot can be cured at an early stage without surgery, saving the patient the trauma and pain of growing with it.

He called on the Ministry to train more health workers so as to eradicate the menace. 

Author: Emmanuel Adomako