Pediatric orthopedic surgeons are urging parents to respect their rights, treating people with various disabilities including club foot because it is a disability that heals when taken care of.
It is a disability that is born annually with between 500 and 600 children in Rwanda.
Treatments include short-leg surgery, wearing special shoes, so that the baby can be cared for until he or she is able to walk properly.
This was confirmed by Dr Emmanuel Nsengiyumva, a pediatrician working at Gahini and Rilima Hospitals.
“It simply came to our notice then. You can find out from the 26th week of pregnancy.”
He adds that when he is treated early he is healed, “When a baby is born it is easy for the mother to know. Most of the medical staff knows it so much that they tell the mother. We urge mothers to consult doctors as soon as possible because it is a curable disease.