The Federal Government is to establish State Oral Health Committees in line with the National Oral Health Policy, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said.
He announced this at a news conference marking the third National Oral Health Week in Abuja on Monday.
Chukwu said the committees, to be headed by State Oral Health Ambassadors as Chairmen, would comprise relevant stakeholders in oral health.
These include professional associations, development partners, traditional rulers and state ministries’ oral health officials.
“This is aimed at solving the peculiar problems related to oral health in the states while encouraging community participation,” he said.
He pledged the ministry’s determination to promote oral hygiene through the implementation of the oral health policy in the country.
Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental problems such as cavities, gingivitis and bad breath.
Chukwu said priority would cover oral health promotion, training, human resource development, financing, research, monitoring and evaluation and oral health information system.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sani Bala, called on stakeholders to intensify collaboration to increase oral health awareness.
He advised the public to cultivate the habit of going for routine dental check-up, saying dental health had become public issue.
Dr Olojede Olurotimi, National President, Nigeria Dental Association, called for increase in oral health awareness.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Healthy teeth for healthy lives: A national task.’’
Source: Daily Times