Unlicensed Dentist Treats Patients in Sofia

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Bulgaria: Unlicensed Dentist Treats Patients in Sofia Photo: Nova TV

An unlicensed dentist treats patients in Sofia in shocking hygiene conditions, shows an investigation of the breakfast show of the national channel Nova TV. 

Doctor Taysir El Djamal Mohammad claims he was a dental surgeon and gynecologist in his home country. Now he has set up shop in downtown Sofia. 

A Nova TV viewer contacted the channel and told on camera how he was using the same instruments on several patients and was apparently living on the same premises. 

A Nova TV journalist with a hidden camera went to the dentist, posing as a  patient and confirmed the viewer's claims. Doctor Djamal used the same instruments on at least two patients. 

The only sterilizing equipment present was a an old dry sterilizer.

According to Bulgarian health regulations, quoted by the chairman of the Bulgarian Dental Association Doctor Zdravko Milanov, dental equipment must be sterilized in an autoclave on the premises. “Dry sterilizers are not used in dental medicine practices in Bulgaria,” he said.

Dental medicine must be practiced only by registered dental doctors, he added.

“I am shocked by this footage,” Milanov said. “This is unbelievable.”

When confronted by the TV crew on the following day, Djamal said he was not practicing dental medicine since last year and was using the office only for consultations. He confirmed he had a dental chair and some instruments, which he sterilized “somewhere else, occasionally.” He said he was not registered with the Dental Association, but was going to, “sometime soon”.

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Caliguy - 30 Jul 2014 // 17:50:06

Not only do they speak english but there are no children or dogs in the clinic like my 1st trip to a Doctor office in BG.

Dogfish - 30 Jul 2014 // 16:12:55

In Sofia there is "International Medical Centre" at 28 Gogol St., tel. 020 944 93 17. Doctors and other staff there speak English. People from embassies go there. There also is a dentist.

Ali Mcbeal - 30 Jul 2014 // 16:05:00

I have yet to find an english speaking medic in my 7 years here! If they can speak it they obviously choose not to when dealing with me.

Dogfish - 28 Jul 2014 // 12:45:16

Don't be too harsh on him - he serves the useful function of providing hooks to put up posters. And it's fun to see him take line, hook and sinker in what must be a deep seated frustration about his native or his adopted country. He might as well change his callsign into "Barracuda" - or "Bjela riba", to stay closer to his home.

Naydenov - 28 Jul 2014 // 11:16:25

Dogfish, don't give too much attention to the trashy Brit Seedy. He is one of those idiotic people in the world who loves to argue and create hostility because he probably has some strange and obscure sexual fetish.

Now when this forum has been completely infiltrated by paid pro-Russian propagandists, he is adamantly anti-Russian and anti-communist. If the forum was full of Russia haters he'd be more pro-Russian than Putin. He condemns all Brits and other expats in Bulgaria like himself yet spends his whole day on this expat website and participates in many websites such as expatinbulgaria,com etc.

He's probably frustrated that he came to this country thinking people were going to lick his balls because he's a scummy Brit, yet saw that he couldn't achieve more than to teach misbehaved Bulgarian kids English in their homes.

Tsar Boris - 28 Jul 2014 // 11:08:55

Dogfish, just ignore Seedy - he and his boyfriend refuse to acknowledge that anything of any importance happens outside Bulgaria, and in particular fakulteta where he spends most of his time procuring young gypsy boys for his sickening "hobby".

Dogfish - 28 Jul 2014 // 10:42:13

In fact I do, most of the time. Couldn't think of being holed up in Bulgaria all of the time. And indeed, I enjoy all kind of magazines on line - including "Foreign Affairs", who had a very interesting article about Alexander Dugin, a "philiosopher" of whose warped ideas Putler seems rather fond - something about "Ethernal Rome" (Russia, of course) and "Ethernal Carthage" (the West, of course), who will struggle till one of them is destroyed. I leave you to guess what he thinks the outcome will be. Europeans, you have been warned.

Seedy, in his Bulgarian touchiness misses the point. The unavailability of foreign media is not my problem, but an indication of the disinterest of most Bulgarians (even the well-educated) in the outside world. They obviously prefer their umpteen pulp tabloids - most of them too small to do decent journalism.

Seedy - 28 Jul 2014 // 09:34:01

So the qualifications of anyone in any country should be predicated on whether some expat who can't be arsed (or is too stupid) to learn the local language can find them when they want or need them? Do you realise how dumb and arrogant that sounds?

If you want to read foreign publications, they're on sale in a good few places - not to mention available on the internet - but if you prefer the facilities available to you elsewhere, please don't hesitate to go and live there and spare us your whinging.....

Dogfish - 28 Jul 2014 // 08:47:01

The problem with medical problems is that you often don't have time to go searching for a doctor - like when you are adding to Bulgaria's dismal road safety statistics. Besides, in small countries like the Scandinavian and Holland, medical students use a lot of books in English - more than half, probably, beginning with the anatomical atlases. Not because their own professors can't write proper books, but because of economies of scale - to use widely available books is far cheaper than writing in - or translating into a small language. Updates come cheaper too.

Seedy's reactions are typical for the parochial outlook many Bulgarians share - they are just not interested in the wider world. When Sergay en Cie. shut down the BBC transmitter in Sofia, only expats protested. If I want Time, The Economist or Der Spiegel, I have to go to the airport. In Holland and Scandinavia, I can get them in every mainstreet.
OK, hit the "snooze" button and snore on.

Seedy - 27 Jul 2014 // 21:05:55

Clearly it's escaped your notice that the vast majority of the people in any country are natives, who speak the local language - so just what is the problem with a doctor, dentist or vet for that matter not speaking a foreign language? Foreigners in Bulgaria can pretty easily find an English-speaking medic, for example - unlike a Bulgarian in most other countries - so the "point" you're trying to make appears to be both opaque and fairly senseless....

Dogfish - 27 Jul 2014 // 19:56:36

Unless you are a vet, you can't treat a patient properly when you can't communicate with him. That even goes for a dentist. A consultation usually starts with self-reporting - and in the examining process some verbal interaction is necessary too. That says nothing about their professional qualities, but, well, medicine is about people, isn't it?

Besides, a GP who prescribes gentamicyn for use outside a hospital, or who prescribes a threefold overdose of diuretics would lose his registration in any other European country. I have seen both, and was lucky to be able to consult a friendly GP in my own country (long live the Net)

Seedy - 27 Jul 2014 // 17:45:36

And your point is what exactly? That people who don't speak another language are incapable of being good doctors, dentists etc? Does that mean that their counterparts in the UK, for example, are unfit to practise because they aren't polyglots?

Visitors here are likely to find medical practitioners who speak their language but only an idiot would suggest that the ones who don't are somehow inferior in skill or expertise.

My dentist only speaks Bulgarian (with a tiny smattering of the French that Slop-bucket likes to parade in an unsuccessful attempt to appear marginally less psychotic than he really is) but she is excellent and I can't praise her highly enough. And she is certainly worlds away from this Arab charlatan.......

Dogfish - 27 Jul 2014 // 15:24:35

Seedy, it might not have occurred to you, but there are quite a number of people in Bulgaria who have another mother tongue - like tourists, foreigners who work there and pensioners - who, judging from the money the government spends in advertisement, you very much like to come and spend their pensions there. Now, of course, many Bulgarians expect - and even harangue them - to go and learn your world language asap, but as far as I am concerned, that is a bit out of touch with reality. I'd rather learn Russian so that I can read Gogol without translation.
Besides, how can a medic who only knows Bulgarian keep up with developments in his science? Unless, of course, he went to gymnasium before 1990 - then he has access to the breathtaking developments in Russian science.

Seedy - 27 Jul 2014 // 14:42:56

Apart from the Red Trash, doesn't everyone in this country speak Bulgarian - or is it no longer fashionable?

Dogfish - 27 Jul 2014 // 13:41:10

How about dentists (and doctors) who speak neither English, German or any other foreign language?

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