Wednesday May 14 2014

Govt ready to partner with private dental school

By Stephen Otage

The Ministry of Health has asked proprietors of Jubilee Dental Clinic in Kololo, Kampala, to speed up their plans to construct a dental training institute so as to address the shortage of dentists in the country.
Speaking at the clinic’s 20th anniversary celebrations at the weekend, Dr Ruth Aceng, the Director General of Health Services, said with only 300 registered dental practitioners, Uganda’s population falls far below the WHO recommendation of one dentist per 1,000 patients.

“This is the kind of place and quality of service we would all like. It takes a lot to come up with this kind of facility. The Ministry of Health has limited resources for dental services but we would love this place (Jubilee) to be accredited as an internship school so that in future, students gain more skills,” she said.

Dr Aceng’s request came barely a day after a study by Makerere University School of Health Sciences disclosed that majority of Ugandans are living with rotten teeth and oral diseases.

Dr James Magara, the proprietor of the facility, said he has a five-year plan to build an ultra-modern training facility.
“Currently, we cannot train students but what we can help new graduates hone their skills. Our long-term plan is to set up a bigger facility in the next five to 10 years. It may be sooner but it is a bigger scale facility,” he said.