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Dentists give back

Shayal Devi
Friday, February 14, 2014

ABOUT 2000 procedures at a value of about $500,000 have been conducted by members of the Fiji Dental and Medical Foundation since the inaugural visits to Namotu Island in the Mamanuca Group last year.

According to Namotu Island Resort managing director Scott O'Connor, the foundation was brought to fruition by like-minded dentists who holidayed on Namotu over the past 18 years.

"They loved Namotu Island and the Fijian staff so much they wanted to give something back to the community to show their appreciation," he said.

"The idea was to raise money in America and bring down volunteers to check and do any medical and dental work needed on Malolo Island.

"Last year, around 12 volunteers conducted 1400 procedures.

"These include full medical examinations as well such as blood tests for diabetes, replacing teeth, fillings for teeth and improving their fresh water system."

Mr O'Connor said this year, a similar number of staff arrived in Fiji to assist the villagers.

"This week they have brought down three physicians, a nurse, five dentists, four hygienists and seven support staff.

"The villagers are really thankful to all the people that made this happen and Namotu Island resort and staff."

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