MINISTER of Health, Professor
Issac Adewole said that
government would soon include
oral health at the primary health
care facilities through training
of Community Health Extension
Workers, Junior Community
Health Extension Workers and
other health workers across the
country.
Adewole who was represented
by Director Public Health Services,
Dr. Balami Wapada said this
Monday at a press briefing to
commemorate the 6th Edition of
the National Oral Health Week in
Abuja.
The minister said that the
ministry of health will flag- off
training of Community Health
Extension Workers, Junior
Community Health Extension
Workers and other health workers
at the Primary Health Care level in
the North West and South South
geopolitical zones of the country to
enable them identify and manage
common oral conditions.
He disclosed that the National
Primary Healthcare Development
Agency is carrying out oral health
surveys to determine the number
of PHC equipped with oral
health facilities and the personnel
nationwide.
The minister noted that the
mouth is the gateway to the
body since it serves as a useful
tool in detecting early signs and
symptoms of endemic diseases
such as HIV/AIDS, measles,
syphilis and diabetes.
He said, “Oral health is
essentially an integral part of
overall health. An unhealthy
mouth according to researchers
may reveal medical complications
like increased risk of heart attack,
stroke, poorly controlled diabetes
mellitus and preterm labour, pain,
discomfort and anxiety .’’
The Minister further said that
the ministry has signed a MoU to
reach out to 10 million Nigerian
school children for oral health,
adding that in the last 12 months
the ministry has successfully
reached out to over 400 schools
and 2 million school children in
Lagos, Abia, Rivers, FCT and Delta
States.
‘’During this period, we
trained school teachers, the
Pepsodent Brush/Day, the Night
School Children campaigns,
free distribution of Pepsodent,
free distribution of Pepsodent
toothpaste and close-up
toothbrushes to the school
children.’’
Meanwhile, the Unilever
Regional Sales Manager, Middle
Belt, Mr. David Ebah said the
company is determined to reach
100 million people by the year 2020,
adding that 2000 teachers were
trained in oral health, 3.5 million
have undergone educational
training on oral health.

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