Representatives of the College of Dentists in Carabobo State denounced that the lack of investment, materials, and biosafety supplies in dental offices in hospitals and outpatient clinics, prevents optimal patient care.
“In order to be cared for, patients must collaborate with at least a liter of water or any other type of collaboration, since the materials that are supplied are not enough to satisfy the needs of the entire population that requires the dental service,” said Giovanni Girón, President of the Scientific Commission of the College of Dentists of Carabobo.
He also stated that the public dental offices that remain operational depend on donations made by people and mostly are cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment.
Furthermore, he pointed out that in the best of cases, dentists can work only twice a week. However, some clinics do not receive biosafety material of any kind.
Finally, he pointed out that the dental staff in the public healthcare system has decreased by attrition, caused by the fact that the salary they earn does not exceed $10.00 (ten U.S. dollars) a month.