Gambia Clubfoot Foundation yesterday launched its treatment at the President’s
International Award Hall in Bakau. Doctors use the term “clubfoot” to describe
a range of foot abnormalities usually present at birth (congenital). In most
cases, the front of the foot is twisted downward and inward, the arch is
increased, and the heel is turned inward.
Speaking at the launching, founder and national coordinator of the Foundation Ibou Camara explained that clubfoot is a birth defect where one or both feet are rotated inwards and downwards.
He said large number of clubfoot disease is high in Africa because it is not corrected or detected at early stage. He said this results to the victims finding it hard to get married, go to school or do hard work. “I cannot do it alone and need to empower Gambian healthcare workers by training doctors and nurses to be aware and be able to treat clubfoot in the Gambia,” he said, saying that was why they collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
Mr. Camara noted that basic Ponseti (manipulative technique that corrects congenital clubfoot without invasive surgery) training was conducted for 29 healthcare workers last year but said that training is not enough and should be continued.
He highlighted that their target is to decentralize the treatment and appealed for financial support from Government to be able to treat clubfoot in The Gambia. He also urged communities not to hide a child when they have clubfoot as it can be treated in the country for free. “We want government to put funds into Clubfoot treatment as they are doing into Malaria and other communicable and non-communicable diseases in the country,” he said.
Executive Director President’s International Award Sainey Drammeh said parents should ensure treatment is carried out early for their children to avoid challenges.
He said the well being of children is the well being of the society and country, saying they do not want any clubfoot patient to be left untreated.