Ajman Hospital offers Free dental care for blue-collared workers
An Ajman-based hospital is paving the way for improved dental care accessibility and hands-on learning opportunities.
Free Dental Care
Workers, often hindered by lack of dental insurance, can now receive essential dental treatment at no cost. Simultaneously, this initiative empowers dental students with practical experience, fostering a symbiotic relationship between healthcare and education.
Accessible and Comprehensive Care
For employees in need of dental care, the Thumbay Dental Hospital in Al Jurf, Ajman, serves as a foundation of strength. People with a labor card are welcome to visit the hospital any time between 9 am and 9 pm, Monday through Friday, without an appointment. Free of charge are a variety of high-quality dental procedures, such as full-mouth oral examinations, diagnostic X-rays, scaling and polishing, fillings, root canal therapies, easy extractions, and denture supplies.
A Transformative Initiative
Launched in April 2018, this initiative has already impacted over 23,000 workers from Ajman and neighboring emirates over the past five years. Dr. Danavanthi Bangera, medical director of Thumbay Dental Hospital, explained that this endeavor addresses the critical issue of dental care neglect among blue-collar workers, ensuring equitable access to high-quality services.
Fusion of Learning and Care
The program not only serves workers in need but also offers a practical learning ground for dental students and interns from Gulf Medical University's (GMU) College of Dentistry. Dr. Bangera highlighted how this dual-purpose initiative shapes compassionate dental professionals while providing exceptional care under the supervision of experienced faculty.
Enriching Student Experience
Baiza Kaminzada, a 23-year-old Turkish expatriate and dental intern at GMU, shared her enriching experience, attributing her comprehensive education and hands-on training to the skilled faculty. This holistic approach has empowered her to serve a diverse range of patients and cater to their unique needs.
Prof. Hesham Marei, dean of College of Dentistry at GMU, emphasized the profound impact this initiative has on both students and the community. By fostering compassion and understanding among budding dental professionals, the program aligns with the core values of giving back and shaping a brighter future.
Workers like Mohammed Akram, who previously hesitated to seek dental care, now benefit from this initiative. Akram expressed his gratitude to GMU and Thumbay Dental Hospital for addressing his dental woes and expressed hope for its continued service to workers in need.
This inspiring collaboration between healthcare, education, and community upliftment serves as a testament to the transformative potential of combining compassion and knowledge for a healthier society.