Nigeria Marks 2015 National Oral Health Week
The Federal government of Nigeria has joined the rest of the world to commemorate her 5th edition of the National Oral Health Week, starting from 17th through 19th November 2015, in Abuja.
In a Press briefing to mark the event, the Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. E. Osagie Enahire, disclosed that the National Council on Health (NCH) has approved the inclusion of dental records in medical check-ups.
Dr. Enahire said that this was to enhance effective and efficient management of personal data and records towards the development of forensic investigations in the country adding that the due process for the implementation of the policy was being worked out with experts in forensic science and odontology both within and outside the country.
The Minister further informed that Nigeria has been participating in the World Health Organisation (WHO) due process of integrating oral diseases into non-communicable diseases policy framework by her active involvement in the regional consultation.
These consultative meetings, the Minister explained was to develop action plans and targets or the prevention and control of oral diseases in the WHO African region 2014-2020.
To this end, Dr. Enahire noted that great progress has been made in reducing the extent and severity of common oral diseases. He also maintained that there is a marked improvement in the nation’s oral health system through the renewed vigour invested in oral health promotion by all relevant stakeholders and policy markers.
However, Dr. Enahire stressed the need for collaborative effort from the state governments on the following areas:
-Domestication of the national oral health policy
-Identification and prioritization of Oral Health needs
-Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Oral Health promotion activities
-Mobilization of resources for Oral Health from the local community and local Government Areas across the states, amongst others.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Amina Shamaki, in her welcome address urged members of the press to propagate the expectations of the Ministry and stakeholders for the benefit of all and sundry.
The theme for this year’s programme is ‘Good Oral Health...Better Health for Nigerians’
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