Children with cleft lip palate are not from evil spirits, Professor Ozoemene clarifies

A professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Professor Ozoemene Ndubuisi has warned parents to desist from throwing away or meting out unfair treatment to children with cleft lip palate and trauma on the account that they are from evil spirits.
He gave this warning while delivering a lecture titled ‘Navigating the Maxillofacial wilderness: A surgeon’s Journey’ at the 192nd inaugural lecture series of the University of Benin yesterday, 22nd of June, at the the main campus of the institution in Ugbowo, Benin City.
Professor Ozoemene Ndubuisi explained that one of the major causes of CLP is genetics, as it could be passed from a parent to the offspring, especially the mother. Other causes includes: Van der woude’s syndrome, drugs, deficiency of vitamin A, folic acid and Zinc, and Environmental factors such as maternal cigarette smoking, passive cigarette smoke exposure, and maternal alcohol consumption.
He urged parents, especially the mothers, to shy away from actions that could have negative implications on their children, especially during the pregnancy stage.
The lecture came to an end with the inauguration of Professor Ozoemene Ndubuise by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor F.F.O Orumwense who also doubled as the chairman on the occasion.
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