June 13, 2024


Health is important

Afghan evacuees filling gaps in Fox Valley dental health workforce

Dental assistant Mohammad Azimy, left, works with Dr. Heather Hassell on a patient's May 25 at Partnership Community Health Center in Grand Chute. Azimy ran his own dental clinic in Kabul before evacuating Afghanistan and moving to the Fox Cities last winter.

Becoming a dentist in Kabul kept Mohammad Azimy hectic. 

In addition to running his personal clinic in Afghanistan’s cash city, he also offered dental providers at a regional clinic and experienced dental pupils at a university. He normally worked until 8 or 9 p.m. 

It all disappeared in a issue of times very last August as the Taliban took the country about and he and his wife and boy or girl have been compelled to flee. 

It was crystal clear a little something was wrong the morning of Aug. 15, Azimy remembered, but he nonetheless headed to perform at the hospital like standard. When he arrived, he said he observed men and women working absent, terrified. Law enforcement had abandoned their weapons in the streets and have been being taken away by taxi. 

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