Government to Implement measures for improved Oral Health in Dominica
Dr. Darroux made the remarks during his address at the official launching ceremony of an oral health survey for 2015/2016.
The Hon. Minister says Government supports key action areas set out in the strategic Plan and will undertake several measures.
- “Oral health promotion and disease prevention.
- Reduce the incidents of dental caries and oral cancer through prevention and early detection programmes.
- Screening children at age 6 and before they enter primary and secondary school.
- Promote a healthy diet; with lower consumption of sugars and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables in accordance with the World Health Organisation(WHO) Global Strategy on diet, physical activity, health and the reduction of malnutrition.
- Develop strategies to prevent diseases related to tobacco use by involving oral health care professionals in tobacco sensitization programmes and discouraging children and young people from adopting the tobacco habit.
The Oral Health Policy for Dominica has detailed the problems facing oral healthcare and outlined goals to improve access to and quality of services and recommended strategies to be implemented over the next 8yrs.”
In the early part of 2006 an oral health survey was conducted by the Ministry of Health with support from PAHO. 26 primary schools participated in that exercise.
Chief Dental Officer Dr. Idaline John says another research will be conducted. PAHO Consultant Dr. Eugenio Beltran will facilitate the exercise.