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1,800 patients served in Benedenti free dental clinics

by Romy Sabaldan

Davao City (16 October) -- A TOTAL of 1,800 patients have already been treated in such services as consultations, diagnoses, teeth cleaning, restoration, dentures and at the worst scenario tooth extraction to heal the pain and recurring dental problems, all for free.

This was learned today from Dr. Erick Sembrano, chief coordinator of the Ist International Comprehensive Dental missions initiated by his Belgian counterpart Geert Verhaegen and Filipina wife Dr. Faith Nunez.

Sembrano said the efforts are a joint undertaking of Belgium's Benedenti with technical support from the Davao-based Operation Smiles. Benedenti, he said provided the financial, manpower and material support as major undertaker of the humanitarian mission.

Geert Verhaegen, for his part, told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA XI) that Benedenti is one of the most modern Belgian dental groups owned by Rik Claes whose top dentists are in Davao conducting the on-the-spot training and treatment in such specialized dental fields in modern dentistry as Implantology and Orthodontics.

The team of 12 Belgian dentists is headed by top Belgian dental practitioner Dr. An Van Kerkhoven. The team head, according to Dr. Claes is the best in his team.

They are supported mainly in the weeklong all-around free dental clinics by some 150 full-pledged Davao dentists, senior students and clinical assistants of the host dental institution, the Davao Medical School Foundation headed by Dr. Erna Hilario-Dimaya, dean of the DMSF School of Dentistry.

Sembrano has expressed apprehension of not hitting the maximum target clienteles of 3,000 patients in the brisk and fully-loaded healing and restoration project. But added that optimum quality services will be ensured even at the risk of reneging on earlier count which was projected to reach the maximum number of patients.

Dental officials in Davao observe that the Benedenti mission is the biggest and most comprehensive free dental clinic ever conducted in the Davao region where even patients are provided with new dentures for free. (PIA XI) [top]

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