Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024


The lay community explanations of Clubfoot, a developmental deformation, which hinge more on supernatural causes such as witchcraft, spirits, sent by God and curses, have been corrected by a consultant orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Peace Amaraegbulam.

Speaking in the palace of HRH Eze Ben Oriaku, the traditional ruler of Umudikeukwu autonomous community, Oboro clan in Ikwuano L.G.A, of Abia State during an advocacy visit, Dr. Peace Amaraegbulam, who is also the founder of The Straight Child Foundation, TSCF explained that Clubfoot is not an embryonic malformation, but a developmental deformation and thanks to medical science, which has proved that “clubfeet is not a curse”.

Dr. Peace Amaraegbulam.

The medical expert who cited the case of a renowned professional footballer, Steven Gerrard, who once had a clubfoot, insisted that clubfoot doesn’t have to hold anyone back from pursuing a sporting passion, if arrested on time.

TSCF founder passionately encouraged the traditional institution to join in the clubfoot sensitization campaign, maintaining that Clubfoot is a preventable disability and the Foundation in collaboration with the Miracle Feet, a Foundation which is on a mission to create universal access to treatment for this leading cause of physical disability worldwide.

She also said that early intervention, EI services for children, particularly from 0 to 3 years, support the early development of the child when they have a qualifying diagnosis or are at high risk for a developmental condition such as cerebral palsy, CP.

Dr. Amaraegbulam announced also that plans are on the way for the setting up of pediatrics gym for children with Cerebral palsy in the Foundation’s office in Umuahia.

Responding, the traditional ruler of Umudikeukwu autonomous community, Eze Ben Oriaku, who observed that children with neglected clubfeet are destined to grow up with deformed and painful feet, leading to physical disability, lauded TSCF for thinking of the wellness and wellbeing of the people first.

HRH Eze Ben Oriaku.

 Eze Oriaku, who also observed that, if untreated, this disability affects an individual’s mobility and threatens their potential productivity, announced that his community would be delighted to partner with TSCF.

“When you are not informed, you are deformed and it is one thing to have a vision and another thing is for the people to support that vision. Umudikeukwu autonomous community will be the advocate and ambassador of The Straight Child Foundation. We will reach out to other communities, sensitizing them on the activities of this Foundation and its early intervention services, which is free of charge”, Eze Oriaku assured.

Speaking also, the traditional ruler of Umudike autonomous community, HRH Eze Peter Anyaegbu who observed that there is a near lack of awareness within the general public that the clubfoot deformity is correctible, assured the TSCF, that he in collaboration with Eze Oriaku will raise public awareness on the free services of the Foundation.

HRH Eze Peter Anyaegbu.

The Umudikeukwu autonomous community’s palace secretary, Chief Nnamdi Obasi; Community Youth leader, Mr. Michael Ugochukwu Nwanguma, TSCF Administrator, Lady Onyinyechi Nwachukwu; Mr. Bright Amadi, TSCF project supervisor, representatives of a Foundation known as Hope For Nigeria; Umudike Primary healthcare centre and among others were in attendance.


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