Our first dental clinic in Pueblo Nuevo was held today. (The new tin roof you see was financed by HAF.) Upon arrival at 8:00 a.m., the staff was present and the clinic was open. The dental chair was set up, but there was no running water and the only bathroom in the building was out of order. Dr. Constantino provided bottled water.
We were joined by Angie, a bi-lingual, senior dental student, who proved to be a very big help, even to performing some of the extractions.
To speed things up, the team fixed up an extra dental chair using a stool, with the patient resting their head upon an elevated cot.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., we treated 35 patients with an approximate extraction of 100 teeth, some requiring suturing.
In the van on the way home, Charlie was heard to say, “That felt good. This is what it’s all about.”