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Title: Endemicity of Cleft Lip/Palate in a Rural Community in South-East Ghana
Authors: Agbenorku, P.
Agbenorku, M.
Sefenu, R.
Matondo, P.
Osei, D.
Keywords: Cleft lip/palate
Issue Date: Apr-2007
Publisher: Journal of Science and Technology
Citation: Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 27 No. 1, 2007 pp 45-50
Abstract: The causal factors and magnitude of malformation of cleft tip (hare lip) amongst some inhabitants of Wudoaba, a village in south-eastern Ghana was investigated because most women visiting the night market in the village claimed some of their counterparts had cleft lip (hare-lip) while some spoke through their nose. The market is called a “ghost market” due to the nasal sound produced by the speech of the people. Using purposive and accidental random sampling technique and questionnaire interviews, some citizens, traditional rulers and opinion leaders were interviewed. Of the IS interviewed three were females and 10 males with ages between 20 and 70. Secondly, 11 of the l3 respondents were married, with one being single and one cohabiting. Out of the 12 that were “married”, five were not related, six were cross-cousins and one was a linear-cousin. Sixteen of the market women had “nasal ghost speeches” and nine had cleft lips. The market women claimed that about 20 of their colleagues also had cleft lips. Wudoaba may be deft endemic and the cause of malformation could be genetic. Most of the victims were treated as social outcasts hence the “cover” night markets. A vigorous health education awareness campaign is needed and for those with the disease to undergo plastic surgery.
Description: Article published in the Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 27 No. 1, 2007 pp 45-50
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/5226
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