10, 000 babies born with clubfoot annually in Nigeria – PCDF

About 10,000 babies are delivered with clubfoot every year in Nigeria, the programme coordinator of the Positive Care and Development Foundation (PCDF) Dr Esse Nwakanma, has said. 

Nwakanma stated this at a press briefing to create awareness on  health conditions in Minna. 

He stated that 200, 000 babies representing 1 on 800 births are born with clubfoot every year globally. 

He described clubfoot as the most common musculoskeletal birth defect and a major cause of preventable physical disability, adding that PCDF is in collaboration with the MiracleFeet global organisation solely dedicated to clubfoot treatment. 

He said: “In Nigeria, it is estimated that more than 10,000 children are born with clubfoot each year. PCDF collaborate with Miraclefeet to see that children with clubfoot can access this care in their locality.”

Nwakanma  added that in 2023, his organisation partnered with MiracleFeet to offer free clubfoot treatment to children in Niger and Kwara states in eight selected hospitals. 

He said: “PCDF has currently enrolled and retained 142 clubfoot children in care across 8 facilities including Federal Medical Centre, Bida, and the IBB Specialist Hospital, Minna.”

In a presentation, the Head Consultant of the Orthopedic Department, IBB Specialist Hospital Minna,  Dr Osho Francis, stated that the condition can easily be corrected when presented for treatment early in line, preferably within 0 – 5 years old.

He added that clubfoot can only be corrected at adulthood by surgery if the patient is over 12- year- old.