The YWAM Dental Trailer has just completed a successful outreach at Koki Elementary & Primary School.
In collaboration with NCDC, NCD Provincial Health Authority and the NCD Education Services Department of Education, the team provided dental care and oral health education at the school for 8 days. The dental semi trailer is equipped with three dental chairs and sterilisation facilities.
YWAM Dental Trailer Clinic Leader, Angelynne Limbiye, said that over 460 dental procedures were provided to 200 students (prep and grade 5 students) – including a young boy who had severe decay on his top four front teeth.
“The dentist was able to restore the teeth and his smile – he was very happy to see what it looked like after the procedure. At such a young age, it was great to see his smile restored.
“Our team were kept very busy for the entire time we were at the school. The need for dental care was great though – it really highlighted how many students are in need of this service,” said Ms Limbiye.
In addition to the dental care provided, the team delivered oral health education sessions to every grade, a total of 1,392 students.
Koki Primary School Head Teacher, Mrs Josephine Amos, said the education was interactive and fun for the children.
“The YWAM team created a great atmosphere at the school – they took time to get to know the children and make sure the teaching was relevant and engaging.
“We were privileged to be one of the first schools the trailer has visited – it is providing such an important service for our children,” said Mrs Amos.
The team consisted of YWAM volunteers from nine different nations (including Papua New Guinea), and dentists and dental residents from the NCD Provincial Health Authority.
The project began with an invitation from the NCD Governor, Honourable Powes Parkop, who invited YWAM MS to operate the dental trailer in Port Moresby Schools.
The YWAM Dental Trailer will visit Kila Kila Secondary School next week for a three week visit.
YWAM MS thanks and acknowledges their supporters who have helped make this outreach possible – including NCDC, NCD Provincial Health Authority, the NCD Education Services Department of Education, Henry Schein, Colgate, Sir Brian Bell Foundation, Ela Motors, Mills Dental, Ok Tedi, Air Niugini, AEDERS Dental Equipment Maintenance, and EmoTrans.