The initiative has been ongoing since April 2018 and has already served over 23,000 workers from Ajman and neighbouring emirates.
Many workers often forego necessary dental care, citing lack of dental insurance coverage as one of the reasons. But there is a hospital in Ajman that gives free basic dental treatment, and at the same time provides students hands-on training on dental medicine.
No appointment is needed; the only requirement is to present a labour card and workers can go to Thumbay Dental Hospital in Al Jurf, Ajman between 9 am and 9 pm from Monday to Friday to avail of free quality dental services, including full-mouth oral screenings, diagnostic X-rays, scaling and polishing, fillings, root canal treatments, simple extractions, and the provision of fixed and removable dentures.
The initiative has been ongoing since April 2018 and Thumbay Dental Hospital has already served over 23,000 workers from Ajman and neighbouring emirates in the past five years.
Dental care for everyone
Dr. Danavanthi Bangera, medical director of Thumbay Dental Hospital, explained the motive behind the programme. He said:
“Blue-collared workers often forego necessary dental care, including doctor appointments and screenings, due to lack of adequate dental insurance coverage. At Thumbay Dental Hospital, we firmly believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality dental care, regardless of their financial situation.”
The free dental services also benefit dental students and interns at Gulf Medical University's (GMU) College of Dentistry.
“Our students get invaluable clinical training and practical experience in managing dental conditions,” noted Dr. Bangera, adding: “They are committed to providing excellent services under the direct supervision of our experienced faculty members.”
News Source: Khaleej Times