15 Oct 2012

Solomon's capital get a new dental clinic at hospital after protest

4:34 pm on 15 October 2012

From today residents in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, can again access dental services at the National Referral Hospital.

This follows a public outcry about the closure of the dental clinic six months ago.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Service, Dr Lester Ross, says a temporary clinic has been set up within the main hospital after discussions with the Prime Minister.

He also reveals a dental chair will be set up in the Emergency Ward to cater for urgent cases - something that has not been done in the past.

Many Solomon Islanders have very poor ratings for oral health, which is typically attributed to the traditional practice of chewing betel nut.