Just wanted to share one of our adventures from this year!
In effort to help those less fortunate, once again this spring, a team of Rotarians embarked to a small medical office in Nicaragua in the Village of Chinandega. Dr. Richard Nykiel, Dr. Noel Jackson, Dr. Charles Zammit, Dr. Mike Sims who are professional dentists, along with Dr. John Bodell, Medical Doctor, spent a week on their own time and at their own expense to provide dental and medical services to those in the Chinandega Village and surrounding areas.
Each dentist saw between 15-20 patients a day and services ranged from tooth restoration to root canals and retractions. Dr. Bodell completed many gall bladder and hernia surgeries where patients often left on foot or by taxi following the procedure and short recovery.
“It was another awesome experience in culture and assisting others in need.” Said Noel Jackson, DDS. “I feel so satisfied that I was able to save several teeth by performing root canals and helping smiles return by restoring teeth that would have otherwise had to been pulled.”
Many of the doctors brought along family members and assistants for the trip. Debbie Jackson (Noel Jackson’s wife) came along and used her organizational talents to re-vamp the medical supply closet. She labeled materials and re-arranged supplies in an easily functioning manor. Others assisted in procedures and other office duties.
Along with their 10-12 hour days at the clinic, the group did take time to tour the village and were treated to a musical performance at the Performing Arts Theater along with a tour of a school for the blind. The team also visited the very horrific dump, were families live and eat as garbage trucks left their waste. Efforts by Rotary International are being planned to help combat this widespread and dangerous life style.
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