Authorities from the National Capital District Commission, NCD Provincial Health Authority, NCD Education Services Department of Education, and YWAM Medical Ships Australia & Papua New Guinea (YWAM MS) will gather at City Hall today to formalise their commitment to improve oral health in Port Moresby.
The four-way MoU that will be signed outlines a mutual desire to work together to provide dental care to students via the YWAM MS School Dental Trailer Program.
The YWAM Dental Trailer was invited to begin its work in Port Moresby by the Governor for NCD, Honourable Powes Parkop. The YWAM Dental Trailer will be visiting schools to provide screening, oral health education, and dental procedures.
The 13-metre long dental trailer is equipped with three dental chairs and sterilisation and x-ray facilities. The trailer’s visits to schools will be matched with interactive and motivational school programs that are centred upon helping students feel valued and empowered to contribute to the health of their nation.
YWAM MS Managing Director, Mr Ken Mulligan, said the YWAM MS team is pleased to be delivering the program in collaboration with NCDC, NCD PHA, and the NCD Education Services Department of Education.
“Our desire is to work together to see great outcomes for the students, schools, and the community at large.
“A successful pilot program was conducted at Sevese Morea Primary School last year – over 130 students received treatment over five days, including a young girl who had suffered from tooth pain for the past three years. The signing of the MoU today is helping to set great foundations for many more students to receive dental care and education,” said Mr Mulligan.
Port Moresby City Manager, Mr Ravu Frank, said the dental trailer is providing an important service to children in Port Moresby.
“The dental care combined with preventive education is a welcomed service to our city. I am pleased to be working alongside NCD PHA, NCD Education Services Department of Education, YWAM, and other key stakeholders to see this program maximised,” said Mr Frank.
The YWAM Dental Trailer will be visiting Koki Primary School next week, followed by Kila Kila High School. Dental professionals and passionate young volunteers from nine different nations (including Papua New Guinea) will be participating in the outreach.
The YWAM Dental Trailer program is also supported by Henry Schein, Colgate, Sir Brian Bell Foundation, Ela Motors, and Mills Dental.