Operation smile visits again
Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA), in partnership with the Namibian Ministry of Health, will conduct free pre and post-mission health assessments on all children and adults born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate, or any other correctable facial deformities.
A cleft lip is a hole in the lip that has caused the lip to not fully form, and a cleft palate is a hole in the roof of the mouth.
According to Operation Smile South Africa, conducting these assessments in Namibia gives the organisation an indication of how many people are in need of corrective surgery. The assessments are a follow-up to the inaugural surgical mission which took place in Namibia in February 2011. Over 40 medical and non-medical volunteers travelled to the capital city and assessed 77 children and adults. More than 50 children and adults received free life-changing surgery.
All children and adults are encouraged to visit the following hospitals for free assessments on these days: Monday, January 23 at Gobabis Hospital from 8:00 to 9:00 and Mariental Hospital from 15:00 to 16:00. Assessments will also be conducted on 24 January at the Okahandja Hospital from 10:00 to 11:00, at the Oujo Hospital from 14:00 to 15:00 as well as at the Otjiwarongo Hospital from 16:00 to 17:00. Operation Smile South Africa will also do assessments at Rundu Hospital from 11:00 to 12:00 and at the Tsumeb Hospital from 15:00 to 16:00 on 25 January.
Assessments will also be done at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, the Outapi and Eenhana Hospitals as well as the Onandjokwe Hospital on 26 January. Operation Smile will also conduct assessments at the Windhoek Central Hospital on 27 January from 13:00 to 14:00.
Patients who received surgery during the inaugural surgical mission last year are encouraged to visit Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on 26 January and Windhoek Central Hospital on 27 January for their free follow-up healthcare assessment.