All the team members are going on a gorilla trek – half today and half tomorrow. The rest of the team left for Rubaya. In order to get there we had to travel through No Mans Land between Uganda and Rwanda. The clinic was held in a covered open space and we quickly set up 6 chairs and set to work on the 200 patients who had travelled far and wide for our services. One man and his son travelled 15 miles up hill crossing from Rwanda they were so desperate for treatment. 160 extractions amongst other treatments proved the need.
We have been working with a new PHDO, Andrew, the past few days. His place of work is here at Rubaya, he took us to see his clinic. It was unbelievable; no electricity or at least no light bulb if there was electricity, a chair that was so old it was primitive and equipment you wouldn’t want anywhere near your mouth. I could have cried seeing the conditions he was expected to work in and that patients were expected to go for treatment. Half of his equipment was rusty and useless, I don’t know how he can treat people without causing infection looking at what he has to work with… He is clearly passionate and dedicated to dentistry and his patients.
Now the team were aware that they are on the countdown to going home with only 3 clinics left. Nobody wants to leave.
Today’s clinic was held at Kizungu in a wood slatted church that Dentaid teams have worked in before – we were even on the television news!