Mission Smile completed its inaugural Medical Mission in Visakhapatnam with the support of Muthoot Pappachan Foundation from 8th – 15th August at GITAM Dental College & Hospital.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by State Head of Muthoot Mr. Narsimha Rao (State Head, Muthoot), Chancellor and Vice- Chancellor of Gitam Dental College and Hospital, Col. Shivaji Samaddar (Chief Operating Officer, Mission Smile), Mr. Dalip Pande (Director- Partnerships, Mission Smile).
There were total number of 115 patients who attended on the screening day. But due to health and other problems many patients were told to returned back to their native places and was told that there surgery is only possible when the patients will be identified as fit for surgery. Large no. of patients came from Visakhapatnam and its neighbouring places like Kakinara, Araku and Vijaywada.
Medical volunteers from Guwahati, Vijaywada, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata and Delhi gave their valuable time to make this medical mission a success.
Out of 115 patients and 57 children were found fit for surgery.
Seeing the huge turn-out of cleft children in this mission, we have planned our second medical mission in Visakhapatnam in the month of September to provide more and more smiles in Visakhapatnam and make Visakhapatnam ‘Cleft Free’.