Over 250 Lilongwe residents with various dental complications have been operated on by specialists from Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) free of charge- courtesy of the Rotary Club of Lilongwe which sponsored a dental camp at the government referral hospital from Monday to Friday last week.
According to president of Rotary Club Sophie Kalinde, the Rotarians sponsored the week-long camp to the tune of K1.1 million, which went towards purchase of medicine, transportation of beneficiaries to and from the hospital and other expenses.
“We have been sponsoring dental camps at Kamuzu Central Hospital for the past five years and so far over 3,000 residents from Lilongwe have benefited from the initiative. The aim is to offer some relief to people from surrounding communities, who cannot afford to pay for dental services,” said Kalinde.
Kalinde said the funds were raised through individual contributions from Rotarians and fundraising activities including the recent charity golf tournament hosted by the club at Lilongwe Golf Club.
Sellah Ngoma, a dental therapist at KCH said the hospital had seen 251 patients by Friday: “I can say there was a good response from the communities after the announcement of the dental camp. By the last day (Friday), we had seen 251 patients, most of whom had dental caries (holes in between the teeth).
Ngoma hailed the Rotarians for the gesture and the hospital’s management for allowing the camp to take place at the hospital.
“People who come here pay for the dental services and not everybody can afford to pay the money that is involved. We commend the gesture by the Rotarians and thank management of the hospital for creating a conducive environment for the dental camp to take place here,” she said.
Each of the patients that were seen during the dental camp received a tooth brush and tooth paste provided by Colgate Palmolive Ltd.
Last year Rotary club of Lilongwe also sponsored treatment for fistula patients at Bwaila Hospital.