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Parents urged to seek treatment for children affected by clubfoot

Parents in Kisii County have been urged to seek treatment for their children affected by clubfoot as the service is free of charge at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH).

Speaking in Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH), Dr. Yobes Sereti said that clubfoot has no known cause but can be treated easily, especially if a parent seeks treatment when the child is still young.

“This treatment comes at no cost because it is supported by Hope Walks, an international non-profit organization established to support children affected by clubfoot,” affirmed Dr. Sereti.

He added that the organization’s headquarters is based at Kijabe Hospital and the facility had opened 23 clinics countrywide to provide treatment and support for children with clubfoot.

Zachary Musomi, a parent who has been seeking treatment for his child at KTRH clubfoot clinic, said that he had been referred to the clinic by a friend in May 2020 and to date, his child had shown great improvement.

“Since our arrival at this clinic, the doctors have been helpful and as we speak, my child’s feet are much better and he continues to wear special shoes,” said Musomi.

Musomi also confessed that there are parents who do not know where to begin seeking treatment once a child is born with clubfoot and urged them to consult with doctors to ensure they get the right treatment for their children.

World Clubfoot Day is celebrated annually on June 3 with the aim of raising awareness about clubfoot and how it can be treated.

By Mercy Osongo

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