Turkish dentists are offering free dental care and fostering oral hygiene awareness in Kenya's Lamu County in a partnership between Turkey and Kenya aimed at promoting quality healthcare.
Turkish Ambassador to Kenya Ahmet Cemil Miroğlu and Lamu Governor Fahim Yasin Twaha toured the dental health camp Thursday, witnessing firsthand the hundreds who were treated.
The area was in dire need of dental services, with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) estimating that the shortage of dentists across Kenya has led to a state where one dentist caters to approximately 30,000 people. In Kenya, dentists are mostly in big cities, leaving those in rural areas deprived of dental care.
Miroğlu and Twaha expressed their satisfaction with the services being provided by the Turkish dentists at the health camp, which was organized by TİKA and the Women's Education and Culture Foundation (HEKVA).
"Here on Lamu and Faza islands, five female dentists participated in our dental health camp, leaving everyone with a smile," TİKA's Nairobi Program Coordinator Emre Yüksek said in a statement. Yüksek added that for those who could not reach the camp, TİKA brought the dentists to them. "Kenyan colleagues went to the villages every day, traveling long distances in boats, and performed dental scans and treatments," he said, referring to the dentists working with TİKA's health camp. "In a week, 2,500 people underwent dental screening, and 750 people's teeth were treated. Medication was provided for many patients," he added.