25 Oct 2012

CNMI Healthcare will reinstate dental clinic in 2013

5:35 am on 25 October 2012

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation in the Northern Marianas says it will reinstate the dental clinic at the Commonwealth Health Center early next year following the approval of a nearly half million US dollar federal grant.

The dental clinic at the Commonwealth's lone hospital was closed down earlier this year as a result of the organisation's financial difficulties.

The director of the Division of Public Health, Roxanne Diaz, says soon after the shut down, the Corporation applied for an oral health grant.

She says Health Resources and Services Administration has now given it 470 thousand US dollars, enough to fund the dental programme for the next three years.

The grant also includes the cost of hiring a dentist who would not only serve Saipan but also the Rota and Tinian centers.