The RCsDP welcomed back its students who volunteered to serve at the Hajj Pilgrimage in Mecca to help and assist the Red Crescent in providing emergency services for the pilgrims. This kind of service for pilgrims comes under the system of services provided by the governmental bodies and civilian agencies to implement the directives of our respected leadership to harness all possibilities to facilitate for the Hajj pilgrims and provide them with the best quality of service, especially in the field of health services. The participation of RCsDP students in the provision of emergency services and dental services to the pilgrims is also an extension of the college’s community services program which aims to provide educational programs that raise the level of quality of oral (mouth and teeth) health.
The RCsDP students also visited the headquarters of the Saudi Arabian Boys Scouts in Mecca to consolidate the ways of collaboration with various parties.
In addition to their services at the Hajj, the students also distributed samples of toothpaste and toothbrushes at the Security Forces Hospital in Mecca in line with the Smile for Oral and Dental Health campaign organized by the Medical Services of the Ministry of Interior in collaboration with the Saudi Dental Society.
They first coordinated with various medical divisions, such as laboratories and dental clinics at the hospital and after obtaining the approval of the Minister of Interior, they launched the Smile campaign in the presence of Dr. Ahmed Essa, General Supervisor of Public Administration of Medical Services and the Actions of Hajj; Colonel Dr. Mishari Al-Otaibi, Director of Security Forces Hospital in Makkah, and Head, Executive Committee of the Actions of Hajj, representative of Saudi Dental Society in Makkah Almakramh; and Dr. Ali Al-Zahrani – Head of the Dental Department, Security Forces Hospital.
The students from RCsDP who participated in the launching ceremony were Sultan Habil, Abdul Ghani Ashe, Abdulaziz Al-Shalhoub, and Mohammed Shahrani, Mohammed Shuaib and Hamid Khairuddin, who gave a presentation on the goals of RCsDP on behalf of his colleagues.
The students also donated blood while they were at the hospital.
Professor Abdullah al-Shammari, Rector of Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, and Dr. Saleh Al-Shamrani, Dean of the faculty of Dentistry were impressed with the achievements of these students and have asked God to help them to achieve more in the coming years.