TRAINING in cleft lip and palate care was one of the urgent areas identified by stakeholders at the cleft lip workshop held last week in Suva.
Attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health, Fiji Nursing Association and FNU School of Oral Health, the workshop discussed issues they believed could improve lives of children and people born with the condition.
"Training in a range of health care needs, including proper feeding practices, surgical treatment, specialised services such as ENT, speech and audiology therapy, support from paediatric units, oral health services involving caries management and orthodontics, psychological support is required for the care of patients with cleft lip and palate," oral health department head Dr Leenu Raju Maimanuku said.
She said there were also plans to identify, record and the proper referral of children born with cleft lip and palate by the direct involvement of oral health personnel of MOH, FNU and donor agencies such as Ruel Foundation.
"It was also decided to work in collaboration with the NGO Ruel Foundation to explore the possibility of offering the follow up treatment at the School of Oral Health, Fiji National University."