Ethiopia: Two Dentists extract over 200 prisoners' teeth

by Judith Kühl, 2009/02/16

Six days of work in six prisons. Hundreds of inmates assemble around Dr. Wolfgang Lutz and Dr. Tobias Lutz. Father and son extract teeth like they have never done before: More than 200 patients have more than 200 teeth extracted.

Dr. Tobias Lutz treating a patient. Photo: humedica/Lutz

Between 26 December 2008 and 6 January 2009 the German dentists travelled through Ethiopia, performing small medical operations in various prisons. Most inmates lack medical care.

Hygiene, too, is insufficient, due to the chronic water shortage. The inmates' living conditions are appalling, with frequently up to 300 prisoners being accommodated in one dormitory.

Dr. Wolfgang Lutz and Dr. Tobias Lutz assisted the local team, together with young people of the organization Youth With A Mission. They brought in medical instruments, created a hygienic environment and treated dental problems and oral inflammations.

The hardships that the inmates suffer have left a deep impression on father and son. But, on the other hand, there is also glimmer of hope: 211 treatments managed to alleviate pain and the medicale care they have received has improved the living conditions of many prisoners.

Patients smiling after dental treatment. Photo: humedica/Lutz

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