Kenya launches oral health­care cam­paign

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - World News -

Kenya’s min­istry of health in con­junc­tion with in­dus­try part­ners has launched a month long cam­paign to com­bat oral dis­eases that have wors­ened against a back­drop of health­care per­son­nel deficit and chang­ing di­etary habits.

The na­tion­wide cam­paign will sen­si­tize the pub­lic on proper hy­giene and reg­u­lar check­ups to curb spread of bac­te­rial dis­eases that af­fects the mouth. The Kenya Oral Health Sur­vey that was con­ducted re­cently in­di­cated Kenya has one den­tist per 42,000 pa­tients, which falls short of the rec­om­mended ra­tio of one den­tist per 7,000 pa­tients by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO).

Most health fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try lack mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture to deal with oral dis­eases. The ma­jor­ity of den­tal lab­o­ra­to­ries are poorly equipped and fa­cil­i­ties lack suf­fi­cient com­modi­ties. The gov­ern­ment has pri­or­i­tized train­ing of den­tists to help deal with per­son­nel gaps in pub­lic health fa­cil­i­ties where poor cit­i­zens af­fected by oral dis­eases seek treat­ment. The com­mon den­tal ail­ments in the coun­try are tooth de­cay, gum dis­eases, den­tal caries, den­tal flu­o­ro­sis and max­illo­fa­cial trauma (in­ter­per­sonal vi­o­lence that cause in­juries to head, mouth and neck).

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