A 5-day National Level Training of Trainers Program for Management of Dental Conditions began at the PGIMER here with dentists expressing their concern on how dental caries in children is spreading like an epidemic.
Organised by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under Rashtrya Bal Swashthya Karykram (RBSK), the Trainers Programme was inaugurated today by Haryana Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Mrs Navraj Sandhu and attended by dental surgeons from all over the country.
Mrs Navraj Sandhu said that 50-60 per cent of the children in Haryana were suffering from dental caries. She appreciated that the Central Government has included dental condition in the list of 30 conditions to be taken care under RBSK. She said that Haryana has taken an aggressive stand in rolling out the RBSK program through recruiting mobile health teams in all the 119 blocks of the state for early screening of children including dental conditions and setting up of District Early Intervention Centres in all 21 districts for its management.
Dr. Deepti Khanna, a representative of the Union Health Ministry, who is dental surgeon herself, briefed the delegates on how dental caries in children is spreading like an epidemic and becoming major public health concern. She said that the RBSK is promoting “Oral health for Overall health” for children in age group of 0-18 years.
She also presented the resource book on dental conditions by RBSK to Mrs Navraj Sandhu.
Prominent persons present on the occasion included Dr Y. K. Chawla, Director PGIMER, Dr K. Gauba, Oral Health Sciences Center and Dr Ashima Goyal.