Goldcorp Provides Dental Care to Communities near its Peñasquito Mine

Sep 5, 2014 7:30 PM ET

Earlier this year, Goldcorp’s Peñasquito mine and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) partnered to deliver free dental treatment to over 800 patients from the semi-desert region of Zacatecas. Dentist Juan Carlos Avilés Rodríguez, Coordinator of the UNAM Social Service, noted that 88 percent of the population in Mexico has dental issues, often from a very early age, as access to dental care is very limited in rural areas of Mexico.

The dental team that provided free dental care to local residents consisted of 20 dentists led by three specialists from the UNAM Foundation and Dentistry School. Also involved in this strategic alliance was the Health Ministry of Zacatecas.

Dental care stations with high quality instruments and technology were installed within the Peñasquito mining complex. Over the one week period, the dental teams provided services in cleanings, tooth extraction, pediatric dentistry on gums, and dental hygiene advice.

Rodríguez Avilés, Coordinator of the UNAM Social Service, explained that this is the first time dental services were offered at a mine site, and for him, demonstrates Goldcorp’s commitment to communities in a very tangible and much-appreciated gesture.

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