Bangalore, Sep 12, 2014: The State’s plan to open dental units in all government hospitals will soon take a definite shape.
A 12-member committee formed to frame the new oral health policy will soon submit its report on the requirement of dentists in government hospitals.
“Primarily the poor are ignoring oral hygiene as they cannot afford expensive dental treatment in private hospitals. It is important to make dental treatment available in government hospitals for their benefit,” Minister for Health and Family Welfare U.T. Khader said on Thursday at a programme organised by the Government Dental College and Research Institute here.
Similarly, senior citizens who belong to below poverty line (BPL) category would get free dentures. There are places without dentists and many suffer because of this. At the same time there are places where dentists are sitting idle without adequate work, Mr. Khader said.
Defending the State’s decision to ban gutka, the Minister noted, “On the one hand, the government was battling against oral cancer while allowing gutka business to flourish. Banning it is a conscious decision to set right the contradiction.”
Courtesy: The hindu