Access to Surgical Care Crucial in Child's Nutritional Status - Operation Smile MW
International Charity Organisation, Operation Smile Malawi estimates that about 81 under 5 children are expected to be assessed of their nutritional status in the central region this week.
Central Region operation Smile Coordinator, Aida Sitima told Zodiak online Thursday that access to surgical care including cleft surgery is crucial in a child's nutritional status.
She made the remarks Thursday in Dowa when her organisation conducted nutrition assessment of children and COVID 19 awareness.
Sitima said, children aged below 5 and born with cleft lip and cleft palate are even more likely to suffer from malnutrition due to difficulties in feeding.
"Children aged below 5 who are born with cleft lip and cleft palate are even more likely to suffer from malnutrition due to difficulties in feeding," Sitima said.
Eliza Banda, a mother whose child has cleft lip said her child usually falls sick as a result of difficulties in feeding.
"My child usually falls sick after every three weeks mainly due to difficulties in feeding," Banda said.
Among 9 cleft lip children who were assessed nutritionally in Dowa on Thursday 8 were normal and 1 was moderately malnourished.