Chandigarh August 18; In order to ensure oral health hygiene in the state and to, provide on the spot diagnostic preventive interceptive & curative Dental Health Care Services to the people at their door steps in the far – flung rural areas of the state and the school children through fully equipped Mobile Dental Clinic Vans, the Punjab government has launched a massive dental health care programme for school children, school teachers and general public, which was first of its kind in the country.
Disclosing this here today Prof. Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab said that this programme was launched with an objective to bring down the incidence of oral and dental diseases to less than 40 % and also to bring down the Decayed Missed Filled Teeth (D.M.F.T.) in School children of 6 – 12 years less than two. The minister also said that 354 new Dental Clinics would be opened to cater to the rural population in Punjab by the end of five years plan. In order to generate awareness amongst the people, Dental Health Education Training to all the primary school teachers, medical & paramedical personnel would be imparted by the government and regular special dental health fortnights would be organised all over the state, said the Minister.
Adding further, she said that Punjab was the only state in India which had launched Intensive Dental Health Care Programme. Under this Programme one sub-division was selected and the schools were being covered block – wise. After covering the whole Sub-division the next Sub-division was to be taken up. At present three Medical Officers (School Health Clinic-I, Intensive Dental Health Care Programme-I &P.H.C. Medical Officers (Dental) – I) visit the schools as per the detailed programmes circulated to them. The Special feature of this Programme was that in addition to the imparting of Dental Health Education training to the School children & detailed Oral Health check up, each child was given a mouth rinses with the freshly prepared 2 % solution of sodium fluoride to arrest the initiation & progress of dental caries and this process was repeated after every six months. The children suffering from Dental Diseases were provided necessary Dental treatment on the Mobile Dental Clinic Vans, said Prof. Chawla. To impart training to the in service PCMS Dental Doctors, so as to update their knowledge in the field of dentistry, an Advanced Dental Training & Research Centre has been established at Mohali. Re-orientation Training Programme Workshop and Seminars etc. were being conducted regularly, she added.