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Regional - Smile Train Centre

The Congenital Lip and Palate anomaly has a very important place in health care due to Epidemiology, Etiology, Surgery, Orthodontic, Speech Pathology and Prosthetic Rehabilitation. These children are handicapped right from birth for breast feeding, deglutition, recurrent naso-bronchial infection, defective speech, deafness, improper growth and development of maxillary arch and face, affecting the total personality of the individual.

Medical professionals have a responsibility to rehabilitate these children aesthetically, psychologically and functionally. The correct age for Cleft Lip surgery is 3 months; the correct age for Palate surgery is 6 months to 1 year and 2 months to get better speech. The District Collector, The District Rehabilitation Officer and the Project Officer ICDS of each and every district of Tamilnadu are playing a vital role to conduct Cleft Lip / Palate Screening Camps. All these smiles are possible only because of the generous assistance and grant by the The Smile Train USA in making MMHRC the regional Smile Train Centre.

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Facilities & Equipment

  • In Cleft Palate, Levator Palati Muscles are mobilized and sutured transversely behind Uvula to improve speech
  • Nasometer, Doctors, Speech Therapist to give Speech Training to Cleft Palate repaired persons- available every 15 days
  • Free food and accommodation for patients and the attendee
  • Cleft Lip Surgery with Primary Nose correction
  • Hospital stay for Cleft Operated Child until suture removal (7 days)
  • Periodic follow up of all operated cases
  • Counselling and consultation by social workers and related medical professionals
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Achievements

  • MMHRC has completed 6000 surgeries- a remarkable achievement and a proud milestone indeed.
  • A pilot project using mobile technology was launched by Consulate General Andrew T. Simkin on 28th September 2010.
  •  Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was invited to the celebration of "The Smile Train 5000" to commemorate the completion of 5000 cleft lip and palate surgeries.
  • Under “Special Grant Scheme: the department has been equipped with new medical equipment worth Rs. 55 lakh, sponsored by Smile Train in 2010.
  • A Tata Nano car has been sponsored by the Smile Train, USA, for mobilizing the patients easily and also for the purpose of marketing the project.
  • We thank the smile train partnership with us in bringing confidence in minds of each and every person.
  • Our hospital is indebted to all the PO-ICDs, CEOs, DDROs, District Collect orates, local, national and international donors, well-wishers, banks, corporates, volunteers, NGOs, media persons and Government officials for actively helping us in our mission and assisting us in achieving our goal.
  • The programme continues since we at MMHRC are driven by the vision of achieving a Cleft- free society someday.
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