Bodmin Dental Student Returns From Charity Mission

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Kate Rowe, a dental student from Bodmin, has been talking about her experiences treating some of the world’s poorest people in India.

Kate, who is a final year student at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in Plymouth, spent three weeks in India, providing basic dental care for villagers living in the foothills of the Himalayas.

During her time in India, Kate treated more than 300 people and gave out hundreds of toothbrushes and toothpaste kits. She said that the conditions were very difficult and the equipment was basic. Often, when she was in the middle of working, there were power cuts and the team had to improvise.

Kate was part of a team of volunteers and she raised £1,350 for the trip, which was used to buy painkillers and antibiotics.

Kate said that the experience was very special and although it was difficult at times, the local people were very grateful and the team is hoping that they will take their advice on board and use the toothbrushes and toothpaste to help prevent tooth pain and oral diseases in the future.


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