Hundreds of Siana ward residents in Narok West Sub-county have benefited from free dental clinic checkups, courtesy of a host of doctors from University of Nairobi.
The doctors who were hosted by Siana Springs Dental Clinic were on a mission of promoting oral hygiene among the pastoralists community living near the world famous Game reserve – the Maasai Mara.
The team of Doctors led by Dr Bernard Nzioka, camped at the clinic for two days, lamented that many quacks were invading the dental profession.
However, Dr. Nzioka reiterated that the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council are working with the police to nab the fake dentists and correct the situation.
“The quacks provide poor services to unsuspecting residents who end up suffering more. This is unacceptable and we are working to eliminate them in the country,” he said.
Dr Nzioka, who also chairs the department of Perinatology community and preventive dentistry at the Institution, assured the residents of regular partnership with the Siana Dental clinic to offer free services in a bid to continue promoting the oral health of the local residents.
Dr Regina Mutava, a lecturer at the Dental Department of the University of Nairobi, observed that drilled water has a lot of fluoride that can cause tooth discoloration, a condition known as fluorosis.
Siana Springs Tented Camp Operation Manager, Godfrey Mwirigi, said over 100 patients had been attended to in the two days free clinic campaign.
He reiterated that no complicated case was reported in the two days free checkup as they engaged qualified dentists who can handle all manner of tooth complications.
One of the beneficiaries of the clinic, Parmat Kiperipera, said she has suffered a molar toothache for over a year because she did not have money to visit a dentist.
However, her prayers were answered as the tooth was extracted at no cost and the brown covering stain cleaned leaving her teeth sparkling white.
“I am happy for the services offered at no cost. I thank the group of doctors who visited our village today. We invite them again and again so that they can help many who cannot afford to visit dental clinics due to financial constraints,” said Ms. Kiperipera.
By Ann Salaton