Besides special toys Colleen’s extra suitcases were bulging with dental supplies to leave with the dental program set up by Dr John Snively four years ago. Dr Snively has been working tirelessly setting up this program and gave a presentation to our Rotary Club last year. One of the things desperately needed was a portable X-ray machine that is now in place partly thanks to the Nanaimo Daybreak Rotary Club and Patrick McGuire .Our Rotary Club also contributed plus a generous donation from our Richard. Big thank you’s also go to Dr Stephen Fowler and his associate Kim from Duncan, Professional Staff of the Margret Moss Health Center Duncan and Dr. Magas from Chemainus for their donation of the supplies and toothbrushes we brought along.
The need for dental work in this Mayan community is huge with many even suffering life threatening conditions. One American student observer the other day said ” I cannot believe all the gunk you pulled from that girl’s mouth” referring to a deeply infected tooth.
Dr Snively is delighted with the hard work being done by Olivia Sicajan a local girl who has quickly learned how to safely handle the tools and sterilization equipment. Dental care is one of the most expensive services because of the material cost. The cost of paying the rent for the clinic, a salary for Olivia and consumables is a whopping $100 per week. If you can see it in your heart to donate to this project I can guarantee the impact of your dollars could actually save lives. The demand for this clinic is overwhelming as tooth decay and subsequent infections are rampant in these communities.
Dr Snively is also looking for other dentists who might like to help with this project.
Colleen from our club is working in the clinic this week. Unfortunately a broken high-speed drill has not been fixed which creates extra technical challenges.
Helping Hands Needed