Lack of facilities hamper dentistry
By Austin Beyadi
Lack of medical facilities and dental knowledge within the society is a major problem in the country.
The Aga Khan Hospital, head of Dental Department, Dr Sameer Mbonde made the disclosure during a dental symposium.
The symposium drew attendance of dentists both from the government and private hospitals in Dar es Salaam.
He said the problem of lack of facility was even more acute in rural areas. He lamented that most of the hospitals and clinics in rural areas do not have complete dental clinics.
Mbonde said that the aim of the symposium was to equip the dentists with new techniques and allow them share ideas and challenges they face in their every day work.
The symposium, too, was meant to improve the quality of service by updating the dentist’s knowledge and clinical skills to allow them to provide better services.
He said due to lack of dental knowledge amongst the community, a lot of people in the country lose their teeth due to causes that would otherwise have been avoided or treated.
He underscored the need to educate the society on dental care to avoid problems that could be prevented.
He said The Aga Khan Hospital had invested heavily in technology and human resource.
As a result, he said the institution offers the best dental care with the latest technology.
The symposium was organized by the Aga Khan Hospital in Collaboration with the Muhimbili College of Health Sciences and the Tanzania Dental Association.