Tribune News Service
Srinagar, June 3
At least 70,000 children, their families and doctors celebrated World Clubfoot Day across India including the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
Clubfoot is the most common birth deformity, affecting over 200,000 newborn children each year across the globe. At least 80 per cent of the cases are found in developing countries.
The event was celebrated by CURE International India Trust (CIIT) that has been working since 2009 across all the states of India to eliminate disability caused by clubfoot. A total of 70,000 children are enrolled with CIIT for their treatment through 324 designated clubfoot clinics located in government medical colleges and hospitals with just one aim to make treatment available and accessible to all.
In 2015, CIIT extended its operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Right now over 1300 children registered with the programme are getting free treatment and counselling at designated centres in government hospitals.
“We have CIIT clinics at Bone and Joints hospital Barzulla, JLNM hospital Rainawari Srinagar, SKIMS Medical College and hospital Bemina, Government Medical College hospital Anantnag, Government Medical College hospital Jammu and Government hospital Gandhi Nagar Jammu,” said Rubia Hamid, State Programme Coordinator CIIT J&K. “Anyone with clubfoot deformity can contact any of these centres to get free treatment for clubfoot is treatable and lifetime change is possible.”