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Facelift for West Dental Rooms

Facelift for West Dental Rooms
Ratu Atonio Lalabalavu and his father, Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu
September 02
18:26 2014

Dental patients can now receive better treatment after the refurbishing of dental rooms and facilities at the Lautoka Hospital.

Smiles for the Pacific, an organisation formed by the Newton Wickham Auckland Dental Association in partnership with the Auckland Dental Association, chose Fiji to begin their voluntary dental work in the Pacific.

Chairman Dr Jonathan Cole said the refurbishment would greatly assist both patients and dental practitioners.

“Dental practitioners in Fiji are not able to do their best for patients because of the lack of resources, and patients have to travel to get the services they expect,” Dr Cole said.

“But that will not be necessary now since we have set up rooms equipped with good facilities.”

Dr Cole said apart from the good facilities they will also be served by international experts.

“We have dentists from New Zealand who are keen to perform treatments in Fiji, and they will be coming in twice in every month,” he said.

An estimated $150,000 worth of equipment was donated from various company groups which are currently on display at the hospital.

The rooms have been set out as typical New Zealand dental surgery rooms with the latest equipment. Fiji will be the first Pacific country to receive assistance from the Smiles for the Pacific organisation.

“Fiji is the first Pacific country that we have partnered with and we hope from here we will also work on other Pacific Islands like Tonga or Samoa,” Dr Cole said.

The newly-refurbished dental rooms will be available to the public early next month.




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