The Federal Government has implemented the National Oral Health policy which is meant for oral health promotion, oral health service delivery, and human resource development for oral health in the country.
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole made the disclosure at the
the 8th edition of the national Oral Health week in Abuja.
He said “The theme of this year’s celebration: ‘Strengthening and fostering Collaborations to improve the Oral Health of Nigerians’ is apt at this time, and it reiterates the impact of collaborations on the improvement of general Health and hence oral health of the Nigerian populace.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Abdulaziz Abdullahi, noted that good oral hygiene boost self confidence of an individual.
Adewole explained that poor oral health is not life-threatening; but reduces the overall health and productivity of affected persons.
“Poor oral health may have a negative impact across society if it is unchecked. Important factors inﬂuencing the oral health status of any population are the organization and management of the oral health care system
The Minister hinted that the oral week present Nigerians with the opportunity to draw attention to oral health issues.
“It is an integral part of general health, it involves optional function of the mouth and its tissues in a manner that upholds an individual’s self-esteem and enables him to contribute meaningfully to the society. “
The Minister said Unilever Nigeria plc signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Ministry of Health to reach out ten million Nigerian school children across the six geographical zones of the country during the 2016 National Oral Health week.
“Since 2016 till date, about 4.5 million Nigerian school children have been reached on Oral Health education and Oral Health behavioural change programme in Abia, Lagos,”
Adewole disclosed that the Federal Dental College of Dental Therapy and Technology has been granted a degree awarding status by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria this year.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by Dr Amidu said there is need to strengthen collaboration to improve the oral health of Nigerians.
“The Federal Ministry of Health is improving surveillance with stakeholders to improve oral hygiene in the country. It is a major public health issue in all regions of the world.
We will continue to raise awareness of oral hygiene nationwide”
The Representaive of UNILEVER, hinted that 90% of the world population suffers from oral issue.
According to him, tooth decay is often as a result of bad diet. While stating that it is often untreated in most cases.
He also advised Nigerians to always brush at least twice daily to prevent decay.