Govt launches a dental and oral health portal

Govt launches a dental and oral health portal

On the World Oral Health day, the Health Ministry, which also launched Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material for raising awareness on the issue, said it was integrating oral health programme with other such schemes to minimise conditions arising from poor health.

The situation is even worse in Africa as a whole.

Consumer goods manufactures Unilever has partnered with the Kenya Dental Association to deepen education on oral hygiene.

"In some countries, dental decay affects almost 100% of adults and up to 90% of children", he said, adding the situation has been compounded by a current dentist to population ratio of 1:150,000 with about "nine out of ten children aged 11-14 suffering dental cavities".

Dr Abdulkadir Katagum, the Dental Coordinator of NMA, FCT chapter, gave the warning in an interview with journalists on Monday in Abuja, on the sidelines of the World Oral Health day celebration.

Yeo Ziobeieton challenged the pupils to live by the dictates of the theme for the occasion and called for a committed behavioral change if the war on gum diseases will be won.

The program targets school going children.

"Raising awareness about dental health is the need of the hour and these information initiatives will go a long way in encouraging people to adopt positive and healthy habits", he said.

WOHD is an global day celebrated yearly worldwide to highlight the benefits of healthy mouth and raise awareness on the issues of Oral Health.

He also commended oral health practitioners and Unilver Ghana for the effort put into the various educational initiatives aimed at improving oral health care delivery in the country.