On Thursday, October 17, 2013 our Ghana International Outpost conducted an outreach to Pakyi No. 2 which is about 12 km from Kumasi in the Ashanti region. The team made a reconnaissance survey to the community to days before the program after informing the chief of the community about it. This enabled the team to choose a proper place to set up. The community library was selected by the team as a set up site for the outreach. The dental outreach was mainly organized for Pakyi No. 2 school chidren but some adults were also treated. The community had about four schools, Apostolic International, Presby Primary and JHS, Islamic JHS and Little Flower International Schools. The planned activities for the outreach were dental education, screenings, extractions, scaling and polishing. An announcement was made at the community information centre prior to the outreach to inform the whole community about the program.

The school children with special cases were told to bring their parents and they were advised to send them to Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) for further treatments.

The Chief of Pakyi No. 2 and some elders of the community were in attendance to show their support and gratitude for the gesture. Staffs from the schools were especially helpful and cooperative, assisting with arranging the place and calming the children down.

Team Members

 

(A) Medical Team

(1)   Dr Esther Tinuola Mark ……………………….Dentist

(2)   Dr Eva Evelyn Opoku…………………………..Dentist

(3)   Mrs. Doris…………………………………D.S.A

(4)   Miss Bernice………………………………Helper

(5)   Mr Francis…………………………………………..COHO

(6)   Mr Daniel Kyale…………………………..Helper

(A) Otumfuo  Charity Foundation Staffs

(1)   Mr Kwame O. Kwateng……..Director of Programs

(2)   Mr  Joseph Agyeman………………Driver

(3)   Mr  Evans M. Gyau…………………Operations Officer

(4)   Mr  Adjei K. Mensah………………Project Manager

(B)  Others included:

  1. Electrician (2)
  2. Commercial Driver
  3. Media/Camera crew

Outreach Day Activities

The team started at 8:30 am and closed at 4:30 pm. The library centre was well set up for the commencement of the outreach. The pupils were assembled at the school’s playing ground for an oral health education. The team proceeded to screen all the pupils present.

A total of two thousand (2,000) school children were screened for extractions, scaling and polishing with the following details:

Name of School Extraction Scale & polishing
Islamic J.H.S 12 17
Little flowers Int. sch 10 4
Presby (Prim. & JHS) 50 26
Apostolic Int. School (Prim. & JHS) 20 10
Total 92 57


Overall, the outreach was very successful and the day ran smoothly and effectively. All the children present from all the schools in the community were screened and those requiring treatment were identified. The people were very happy to receive free dental care since most of them do not get a chance to go to the hospital.

Children waiting to see the dentist
Teaching the children about dental hygiene
School children
School children

 

Dental screening
School children waiting to be treated