5000 patients offered free treatment at Vatsalya Oral Health Foundation; it aims to reach out another 3000 patients in the next 6 months
Vatsalya Oral Health Foundation, that provides free dental services to underprivileged people who have little or no access to oral healthcare, have stepped up their efforts to provide more free oral care to needy people in Karnataka. Having successfully treated over 5000 underprivileged people in the last one year, the Foundation now is adding logistics and infrastructure at the Sunday Clinic being run in Bengaluru. The Sunday Clinic is the world’s largest free clinic for the underprivileged.
Thousands of patients come from various parts of South India to get checked up at the Sunday Clinic. Assessing the number of people visiting the clinic, Vatsalya Oral Health Foundation is installing 4 additional world class dental chairs, to the existing 3 chairs they currently have. They are also deploying services of 10 more doctors and assistants who will be part of this initiative to make oral care accessible.
The Vatsalya Oral Health Foundation, which is a part of Vatsalya Dental, is aiming to treat another 3000 people across various parts of Karnataka in the next 6 months. At the Sunday Clinic, the foundation has fixed over 60 full dentures, 15,000 fillings and 10,000 cleanings among other treatments.
“The requirement for free medical services has drastically increased with the cost of medicines escalating. Our set up at the Sunday clinic is much like the ones you’ll find in our city centres. We have advanced equipment of international standards at this clinic that would provide the poor access to global standards of treatment. This stems from my belief that there should be equality in the care that we provide to the underprivileged. Our operations benefit people coming from all parts of Karnataka and from neighbouring states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu,” observed Dr Srivats Bharadwaj, Founder, Vatsalya Oral Health Foundation.
Dr. Bhardwaj, through his studies, found tobacco-chewing habit which results in decayed teeth and severe gum diseases to be the main problem among people. Other problems include loss of teeth that hampers the patient’s ability to chew food which impacts their nutrition status and consequently their work status and daily earnings.
On every Sunday between 9:00am and 1:00 pm, Dr. Bhardwaj along with his team, offer the free oral health check-up service.