50,000 treated free at AUST campuses

AJMAN - More than 50,000 patients with mouth problems have been treated free of charge by AUST Network Faculty of Dentistry and Mouth Health at the university's campuses in Al Jurf, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi, according to Dr Salim Bou Fanas, Dean of Dentistry and Mouth Health Faculty.

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Published: Sat 3 Jul 2004, 11:45 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:45 PM

The clinics set up at the campuses have attracted a huge number of patients both nationals and residents seeking treatment.

He said, "We have started offering the service since 2001 with plans to expand the service to the rest of the university campuses in the future."

All patients receive equal treatment by highly qualified doctors and senior level students. The main objective of the service is to provide the society with the latest mouth health treatment that they only get by paying exorbitantly in the private or public clinics.

The clinics treatments also help our graduates and senior students to get on-ground training by practising in front of their teachers.

He said, "Since its inception five years ago, the faculty of dentistry has contributed a great deal in serving the community and it will continue to do so in the future.

"A number of dentists have graduated from the faculty who have joined major clinics in the UAE, Arab world and some are continuing their higher studies in the West," said Dr Bou Fanas.

More than 200 dentists graduate from the faculty every year and the faculty plans to increase the number in the near future, he added. The faculty is also in the process to introduce new specialties, for instance a mouth health diploma programme.

"The objective of introducing the diploma course is to enable the students to contribute to their community in a good way," he said.

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