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e-Alert     April 24, 2020

Message from your President Dr. Marc Mollot

Update from the President                                                                 April 24, 2020

It seems that each day we wake up to a different set of circumstances and today is no different. We are aware of the announcement by the premier of Saskatchewan yesterday regarding easing of public health measures starting on May 4th. Like the CDSS the regulator for Dentistry in Saskatchewan, the MDA has struck a Return to Practise Task Force and is actively working on that file. It is a priority for us.

We are in frequent communication with Shared Health and watching the announcements from the Chief Public Health Officer carefully to see at what point we might see an easing of Public Health Measures. Our Chief Provincial Public Health Officer has not made any official announcement at this moment.

We recognize that Manitobans have been patiently waiting to have their dental treatment and want to reassure them that as provincial authorities ease restrictions we will look at a careful and calculated re-introduction of Dental services. The analogy that seems to be prevalent is that of the difference between a light switch and a dimmer switch. We are more likely to slowly re-introduce dental treatment rather than suddenly ‘switching’ it back on.

With the curve flattening in MB, a careful and cautious approach has been quite successful in our jurisdiction – this has served our Province well. Some jurisdictions are still struggling. We cannot take our good fortune for granted. A second wave has been seen in other regions of the globe.

We are looking at what governments and dental regulators are doing in other parts of the world, and the likelihood is a careful staged approach to re-introduction of services as we approach the Transition Phase of the pandemic.

Finally, there is a general shortage of PPE across the country – many dentists were very generous with their existing stocks donating it to our medical colleagues when the virus arrived. The challenge that we have, much like any other health care providers, is that we are not seeing an easing of supply lines on PPE at this point. Starting early next week the MDA will be sending to members a weekly active tally of PPE supplies from major suppliers in Manitoba. We are lobbying government to access valuable stores of PPE as this will be a limiting factor for us on our return to in-person patient care.

Keep well and stay safe.

Dr. Marc Mollot
President and Chair of the Board
Manitoba Dental Association

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