No more toothaches for 33 in­mates who got new ‘pearls’

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Afkar Ab­dul­lah afkar­[email protected]­j­times.com

shar­jah — MKH, a 55-year-old who has been in prison for five years now, is a happy man to­day. When he came into the jail, most of his teeth had cav­i­ties and it brought him con­stant, ag­o­nis­ing pain. He can now say goodbye to all that pain, thanks to the den­tal im­plant he got re­cently.

Mo­hammed S, a 58-year-old who has spent three years be­hind bars, used to have a den­ture, and it has been re­placed with an im­plant now. As he flaunted his ‘new’ pearls, one can’t miss the con­fi­dence in his smile.

MKH and Mo­hammed are among 33 in­mates at the Shar­jah Punitive and Re­for­ma­tion Es­tab­lish­ments (SPRE) who re­ceived den­tal im­plants as part of the Shar­jah Po­lice’s project to pro­vide den­tal health ser­vices to pris­on­ers.

The pro­gramme has brought im­mense joy to the in­mates who couldn’t have af­forded the costly treat­ment and would have had to live with their den­tal prob­lems.

Speak­ing to Khaleej Times, Colonel Ab­dul­lah Ibrahim, deputy di­rec­tor of the SPRE, said a to­tal of 49 den­tists, nurses and qual­i­fied X-ray spe­cial­ists vol­un­teered to pro­vide the ser­vices using ad­vanced meth­ods and equip­ment at the jail’s clinic.

He said 33 in­mates, whose den­tal check-up re­ports showed that they needed im­plants, re­ceived the treat­ment and they could now eat and smile as any young per­son could.

Colonel Ibrahim stressed the SPRE’s keen­ness to pro­vide a healthy en­vi­ron­ment for its in­mates through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a num­ber of health initiatives and cam­paigns through­out the year. The projects aimed at spread­ing health aware­ness among the pris­on­ers through com­pre­hen­sive ex­am­i­na­tion meth­ods using the lat­est equip­ment.

He pointed out that the pro­gramme is the first of its kind in the world. “The SPRE is the only cen­tral jail that of­fers such kind of costly den­tal treat­ment for its in­mates, which shows the care and ser­vices pro­vided in the jail,” he

We are mak­ing great ef­forts to of­fer good re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme for in­mates and help them start a new life af­ter their jail terms.”

Colonel Ab­dul­lah Ibrahim,

deputy di­rec­tor of the SPRE

Den­tal im­plan­ta­tion is a costly pro­ce­dure, and the in­mates are lucky to re­ceive the ser­vices at the jail.”

Dr Suhail Hus­sain, the su­per­vi­sor of the pro­gramme

said. “We are mak­ing great ef­forts to of­fer a good re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme for in­mates and help them start a new life af­ter their jail terms.”

“Most of the in­mates here com­plain about den­tal prob­lems, and ev­ery day, many of them are taken to hos­pi­tals for treat­ment. To end this prob­lem, the po­lice co­or­di­nated with char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions, vol­un­teers and the Dubai In­sti­tute For Den­tal Im­plan­ta­tion Re­search to pro­vide the best den­tal treat­ment to in­mates in the jail’s clinic. The in­mates who re­ceived the treat­ment were very happy about the pro­gramme and they ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of the vol­un­teers.”

Dr Suhail Hus­sain, the su­per­vi­sor of the pro­gramme, said den­tal treat­ment is im­por­tant for the in­mates. “The team of vol­un­teer­ing den­tists and nurses vis­ited the jail many times to con­duct the nec­es­sary den­tal checks. Apart from the 33 who re­ceived im­plan­ta­tion ser­vices, there are many oth­ers who re­ceived den­tal treat­ments such as root canal, cav­ity fill­ing and clean­ing.

“The den­tal im­plan­ta­tion is a costly pro­ce­dure and the in­mates are lucky to re­ceive the ser­vices at the jail,” he said.

A team of den­tists and nurses vol­un­teers to do the den­tal im­plan­ta­tion for the in­mates in Shar­jah.

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