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UB Dental Program aims to Increase the Number of Native American Dentists

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Not many Native American Students study dentistry. And it is becoming a growing concern. This year 10,500 students applied to attend dental school in the United States. And only 16 of those were Native Americans according to the American Dental Education Association.

An initiative to increase the number of students studying dentistry called the NAPD Student Gateway Program was started by two institutions. And the Native American Pre Dental Student Gateway is taken by the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and Seneca Nation Health System. It aims to reduce the disparity by introducing the Native American students to Dentistry.

Joseph Salamon is the DDS, program director, dental services director for Seneca Nation Health Services and also the clinical instructor in the UB school of Dental Medicine. And he said – “Simply, put there are not enough Native American students pursuing a career in dentistry.”

He also added- “The program seeks to encourage and enhance Native American application to dental school through exposure to various aspects of professional dental education with the goal of diversifying the pre dental application pool and extending educational opportunity to the historically underrepresented Native American Community.”

According to Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, such programs help in lifting the number of native dentists. This program gives many students a week long internship, where they practice various disciplines and specialities within the dental profession. This program is in second year now. And this year it took place from June 24 to June 28. Many Students took crash courses in dentistry and learnt clinical techniques.

Not just that, they also participated in oral surgery boot camp and toured local health care product manufacturers. And the interested students also received guidance from current dental students.

The program was effective this year because it attracted Native American students. And it drew 5 students from Idaho, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

“This Program is a unique dental school pipeline in the United States. Reaching out to Native American communities not only enhances the diversity of our student body, but also expands the number of caregivers sensitive to the unique oral health issues amongst this community.”- . And it is what Stephen Abel, DDS, associate dean for student, community and professional initiatives in the UB School of Dental Medicine said.

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Vinay Kumar Nevatia: Global Recession due to Coronavirus Outbreak Will Stay Long

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Coronavirus outbreak is causing damage to the Global Economy. Severe problems such as recession, bankruptcy declared by airlines and travel agencies are forcing the government of each country to make tough decisions. Foreign investors have pulled out $16 billion from India and $26 billion from developing Asian counties. The reason being, almost all countries need to maintain financial peace.

Vinay Kumar Nevatia : Economic Crisis amid Coronavirus Outbreak.

Vinay Kumar Nevatia shared his views on coronavirus effects on the Economy of the Country. Many countries, including India, the USA, Italy, crossed 1 lakh corona cases. The lockdown period is increasing in all countries, thereby shutting down most of the businesses causing the economic crisis. Only essential companies during this pandemic are not enough to cover the Country’s financial balance.

The coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan and soon became a pandemic, has disorganized annual financial plans worldwide. Thousands of people are suffering from the virus each day and even more the next day. The virus has infected millions of people and the death rate due to the virus is uncertain every day.  This not only is causing horror in people but also affecting day to day activities that hold the Country’s economy together.

The current situation is, some of the businesses such as IT sectors are allowing their employees to work from home. Some multinational companies even extended the work-from-home period for 2 years for more than 70% of employees. Salaries have been adjusted to survive until the pandemic ends.

However, other areas like construction sites, international manufacturing are not being able to work as effectively as work-from-home limits their activities. So, to bring the world economy back to normal, a vaccine on coronavirus is important. Because the cases might reduce down, the lockdown might lift, but the virus spread is uncertain. Many countries are still in the early stages of the virus spread. The pandemic might not end soon as per WHO.

How the Government is Planning to Control the Economic Crisis during Coronavirus Outbreak

To overcome the economic crisis, India or other countries having more than 50,000 cases and extended lockdown need to come with a solid financial plan. As of now, the USA, with more than 1,603,700 corona patients,  is facing a 4.8% fall in GDP. Recently, a lot of companies had to lay off a lot of employees from various domains as the company no longer afford to pay them. Considering the current economic situation, more people might lose their jobs. 2020’s economic crisis is bigger and worse since the 1930’s depression.

India, China, and Indonesia are the only three countries that had a positive rate of economic growth during this pandemic.

Vinay Kumar Nevatia talked about how countries are trying to deal with such a big crisis. China’s central bank has come with a plan of $80billion, which will allow struggling businesses to take loans. India released a program of 20 lakh crore package to support the Country’s businesses financially. In Germany, around half a million companies applied for the government’s short-term programs to avoid layoffs.

Berline has applied a budget-balancing program called “Black Zero” by allocating 10% of GDP to help businesses. Likewise, the UK, Japan, and the rest of the world are launching their own budgeting plans to balance the economy.

Nevatia says, “Even though countries are allocating packages, the crisis will not go steady until 2021. It all depends on how long the vaccine development will take and how soon it will be sent all over the world.”

As of now, new drug combinations are being developed for the fast recovery of COVID-19 patients. The development of vaccines is showing progress; thousands of testing kits have been developed to control this contagious disease. Recently, Bangladesh discovered a new drug to cure the patients of coronavirus within a week or less.

Vinay Kumar Nevatia, while talking about the economic crisis worldwide, talked about allowing a few trains and airlines. By setting up ground rules of traveling from Green, Orange, and the red zone, travel industries can slowly resume their jobs.

Resuming, some of the electronic manufacturing businesses would be beneficial for the Country’s Economy. Least affected green zones in countries can be a target to reopen some of the non-essential businesses. Companies that manufacture parts of smartphones, hardware can gradually start the production by allowing a limited crew on board. E-commerce businesses are also gradually reopening and delivering essential and some of the nonessential items in specific areas by maintaining safety measures.

Vinay Kumar Nevatia also added how some motor manufacturing businesses are talking about gradually resuming manufacturing by following lockdown rules and sanitation. However, this all depends on the spread of COVID-19. Rebuilding the entire Economy will take time as the coronavirus pandemic has stopped a lot of international businesses and trading. The proper coronavirus cure needs a few more months to set a mark considering the production speed of the vaccine and effective drugs. 

Now the Indian government is allowing short distance traveling on two-wheeler and four-wheeler with a set of rules. The government is trying best to maintain the overall peace in the county. Some cities are even showing improvements in the rate of recovery. Some of the states in India have zero cases where businesses are resuming thereby rising the financial situation a little bit. Vinay Kumar Nevatia also reminded people about day to day hygiene such as wearing masks and frequently washing hands. People need to follow the safety measures even after lockdown lifts. That way the coronavirus outbreak will stay under control.

“It’s important to maintain social distancing yet providing a helping hand to needy people during this quarantine period will help the countries recover faster. Considering the situation, every citizen should act responsibly to end the outbreak of the coronavirus.”, Said Vinay Kumar Nevatia.

Name: Vinay Kumar Nevatia

Company: Nevatia & Co.

Email: vinaykumarnevatia@yahoo.com

Website: https://vinaykumarnevatia.co.in/

Country: India

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