Dental students provide free care for infirmary residents

Friday, August 24, 2018

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MAYOR of Falmouth and chairman of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation Colin Gager,has welcomed support from the College of Oral Health Sciences, University of Technology, Jamaica to the Trelawny Infirmary.

For the past six years the college has been treating residents at the infirmary, providing them with oral and dental care services.

Mayor Gager met with the college team at the infirmary last Friday to thank members personally. He also expressed appreciation for a commercial washing machine and sundry health care items donated by the college.

The infirmary is situated along the Falmouth coastline and he said, “because of the salty air the useful life of our equipment is short, so we are thankful for this gift, which all at the infirmary will benefit from”.

The college's team of final-year students was led by Valerie McKenzie, lecturer and dental nurse, who said the event was endorsed by UTech, Jamaica President Professor Stephen Vascianne as one of the university's 60th anniversary projects. She said having learnt that the infirmary “was badly in need of a washing machine”, one was procured through donations from several individuals, including Eric Crawford of the UTech Foundation and Harriet Mathews of ATL. The project was also supported by UTech, Jamaica Western Campus.

Other items donated included pots, utensils, examination gloves, catheters, glycerin swab sticks.

In the delivery of oral and dental care to the residents, McKenzie expressed appreciation to retired dental surgeon Dr Lebert Wright and Optimum Trading for the dental supplies donated over the past five years.

Coordinator of UTech, Jamaica Western Campus, Sophia McIntosh said The university remains committed to the development of the nation's human capital, through the offering of academic programmes and service to communities. It is through these initiatives that students develop personal attributes critical to their success in society.

McIntosh, meanwhile, commended the college team for journeying all the way from Kingston to the Trelawny Infirmary to serve the residents. “This is a manifestation of the excellence the university is known for and the dedication to the country's Vision 2030'national development plan.

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