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El Dr. Peter Roth ha estado ayudando a los más pobres con tratamientos dentales durante 9 años en Nepal. Aquí está su informe en inglés:

Dr. Peter Roth has been practicing dentistry in Nepal since 9 years. First he was in a free camp in the mountains near Dolaka, usually with a gynecologist, ophthalmologist and a general practitioner. To get into these freecamps you often have to drive on breakneck roads. This year the team needed 13 hours for 120 km and then had to climb steeply in the dark for another hour.

The next morning, the team had to get up early, as there was still a one-hour walk to the camp to overcome. Many patients were already waiting for the doctors. Some of them had walked for over 8 hours to get rid of toothache. The porters with the dental equipment had also arrived.

After the obligatory welcome speeches, the preparation of the workplace and the sterilization of the instruments, the work could begin. The patients crowded at the entrance because they were afraid that they might not be treated anymore. Since no electricity was available for the first 3 days, treatment was essentially limited to extracting teeth. This was not always easy under these conditions, especially not with severely destroyed wisdom teeth and heavily abraded, ankylosed teeth.

Afterwards, the treatment spectrum could be extended with fillings and ultrasonic cleaning. If there was still time left, the dental hygienist showed on the model what to pay attention to when brushing one’s teeth. Dr. Roth got a lot to see from totally destroyed dentures over misaligned teeth to impeccable dentures. Every night all the waste was burned and then covered with earth.

Dr. Roth was assisted by three capable dental hygienists and a Nepali dentist, without whom he would never have managed 100-150 patients a day. The dental hygienists in Nepal enjoy a very good 3-year training and are entitled to lay small fillings (next to the intensive prophylaxis) and to perform injections and light extractions.

Dr. Roth spent the second part of his mission in the remote hospital in Amppipal near Gorka. It is located on a large natural terrace and it offers the only possibility for medical care for 200,000 Nepali within a radius of 20 km or a 2/3-day hike.

The access road is always an adventure. The ambulance building has been severely damaged by the earthquake. The reconstruction is unfortunately not finished, as promised last year. The current ambulance with its reception and waiting room is thus still housed in simple rooms and tin huts as last year.

The dental clinic is also still placed in a small private room with direct access to the toilet, which does not simplify the working conditions and hygiene. Fortunately, this is only temporary, otherwise the dental clinic is up to date with regard to the unit, the instruments, the various devices and materials.

Dr. Roth never had so many patients before in Amppipal with sometimes difficult treatments such as tooth fractures, root canal treatments, elaborate restorations and surgical interventions. The dental hygienist at his side barely coped with tidying up, cleaning and preparing the workplace for the next patient.

On one of the days a school camp stayed near the hospital. The students were already looking forward to meet the dentist. They tensely watched the technique of tooth brushing patiently demonstrated by the dental hygienist. There was a lot of amusement when some had to show the technique itself.

An important part of Dr. Roth's visit consisted of screening and recording the findings. He was pleased to find about 60% caries free dentition. The success of the prophylaxis instructions of the past years is clearly visible here. Children with carious teeth who could be treated with fillings received a referral to the hospital. Heavily destroyed, unsustainable milk teeth were extracted immediately. Finally, the students were rewarded with toothpaste, toothbrushes and other useful gifts.

For Dr. Roth it is always a deeply satisfying feeling to be able to help the poorest in such a direct way.