From :Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Hope for the Village Child Foundation (HVCF) said it enroled more than 2,000 children for rickets treatment in Kaduna State.
The foundation Director, Rev. Sr. Rita Schwarzenberger stated this at a Town Hall meeting tagged, “Rickets Project: The Journey of Hope” in Kwoi, Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Schwarzenberger, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Rev. Sr. Juliana Ekwoanya, described rickets as a disease of the newborns caused by calcium deficiency.
She explained that the condition leads to bow leg and other forms of deformity of the legs in children, leaving them in pains and difficulty to walk like normal children.
She said of the 2,000 enrolees, about 200 underwent rickets surgery to correct the deformity, with some of them going through the process two or more times, depending on the nature of the deformity.
She also said about 300 of the children had been treated with 1000mg of calcium taken daily for three years.