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