By Juliet Waiswa
KAMPALA - Makerere University dental school has received highly specialized equipment which will be used in training of students in modern radiography and dentistry and later on helping in the treatment of patients.
The dean of the College of health sciences, Dr. Isaac Okullo, received the equipment Mulago dental school.
While at it, he said: "The equipment will help students and staff in carrying out research to generate more knowledge that will help in the treatment.”
Head of department of dentistry Makerere University, Dr Louis Muwazi, demonstrating how the old dental equipment at the school works. PHOTO/ Violet Nabatanzi
The equipment worth over sh500m was donated by a South African company, Sirona Dental Systems, in partnership with the Pan Dental Academy.
The principal dental surgeon at the ministry of health, Dr. Juliet Nabbanja, says at the moment the dental school produces only 15 dentists per year.
She underlined that dental conditions are a big problem in the country, and are therefore rated third world in the out-patient department in hospitals.
Dr. Tom Mutyabule, the Chief Executive Officer of Pan Dental Academy said the equipment will help in reducing the problems of diagnosis.
According to him, the new machine works ten times faster than the old ones at the dental school. “The machine can diagnose more patients in one hour, compared to the old equipment."