Two dental outreach clinics were carried out in Ikumba and Kakooko in the last week of July. And a school oral health visit was held at Shalom vocational college near Kabale town.
The first outreach clinic was held in Kakooko, on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. The outreach clinic was great as people gradually came in all day long. By the end of the day, we had seen 83 patients and some who just wanted paste or a toothbrush.
The next clinic was held at Nshanjare, Bwindi in Ikumba, near where AICM has projects supporting the Batwa people near Bwindi forests. Three dentists and an assistant took part in this outreach, and we were able to treat 129 people with extractions, fillings, scalings and give oral health education. The trip was great and people asked us to come back soon.
Finally, we visited a school as part of our school oral health program. Shalom vocational training college is located on the outskirts of Kabale town. With approximately 200 students, the school serves those who would like to get some vocational training after failing to continue in secondary school or college/university. We did oral health instruction, dental screening, and gave out toothbrushes and toothpaste. The students and school administration were very grateful and asked us to come back some time.
During the outreach we extracted 161 painful teeth, did 20 scalings and 31 fillings and gave oral health instruction to many more people.
Taking dental care to those who cannot access or afford it remains our priority. Great thanks to Dentaid for supporting our work always.
Blog written by Boaz Jardel Dentaid Associate