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Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – As many as 40 children with genetic facial defects received surgical operations during a programme held in Vietnam’s central provinces from July 14-20.

The programme was organised by a delegation of experts from the Republic of Korea’s (RoK) Chonbuk National University, and Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Hue UMP) Hospital. It provided free oral and maxillofacial surgeries for 28 children out of the kids.

Following the surgeries, the young patients received treatment at a centre for phonetic placement therapy at the Hue University Hospital. The programme also supported travel and food costs for the patients.

On this occasion, doctors also offered medical checks-up for patients who received surgeries during last year’s programme.

The Hue UMP and the Chunbok National University have enjoyed sound cooperation for more than 14 years, said Doctor Tran Tan Tai, head of the Faculty of Odonto-Stomatology at the Hue University Hospital.

To date, the programme has treated more than 400 children with facial defects in Vietnam’s central region, with about 350 of them receiving free cleft lip surgeries. The programme also offers opportunities for doctors of Vietnam and the RoK to share their experiences and improve their skills, he added.

In addition, the two universities have forged cooperation in many areas, including training and scientific research, grants for medical students, and admission of Hue UMP’s trainees to the RoK university, along with the establishment of a phonetic placement therapy centre for young patients, the first of its kind in the central and Central Highlands regions.-VNA