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