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Glasgow Dental Hospital donates specialist chairs to support Malawi’s first dental school

Friday, May 24, 2019

Specialist chairs donated by the Glasgow Dental Hospital to Malawi have now been installed in the dental department of the capital city’s Kamuzu General Hospital. 

Staff at the Glasgow institution donated the 12 chairs to enable an upgrade to the dental department at the Lilongwe-based hospital. 

Kamuzu’s dental department currently trains dental therapists and will also train dental students on the new Bachelor of Dental Surgery course, which welcomes its first student intake this summer. 

Four additional chairs have also been donated to the dental department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre. 

Professor Jeremy Bagg, Head of the dental school for the University of Glasgow, is leading the MalDent Project, funded by the Scottish Government, and went out to Malawi to be involved in the installation of the chairs. 

Jeremy said: “One of the days saw myself and two others installing the replacement dental chairs. For much of the day we worked as a three man team, taking away the old chairs and replacing them with the new ones. 

“This was the really heavy part of the work, because the dental light, spittoon and bracket table had to be unbolted from the old chairs then re-attached to the new. 

“Two of us were holding the very heavy and unwieldy light assembly the third was lying on the floor with a socket wrench, either undoing or tightening the bolts.  A fourth member of the team then connected up the electrical, air and water supplies to the units. 

Frances McLinden, interim director of Regional Services, NHSGGC, said: “We donated unused chairs from the Glasgow Dental Hospital and these are already having a truly transformational effect in Malawi. 

“We had carried out refurbishment work which meant we were in the ideal position to help the dental clinic in Malawi and play a small part in supporting Jeremy’s excellent work in the country.” 

Our dental team made the donation after learning of the University of Glasgow and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow’s work with the University of Malawi College of Medicine to establish the country’s first dental school.

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