Singapore gets new Head of Den­tistry

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - PEOPLE NEWS -

The coun­try’s chief den­tal of­fi­cer (CDO), As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Pa­trick Tseng, 58, has stepped down from his po­si­tion and is re­placed by Dr Chng Chai Kiat, 42, who used to head Den­tal Ser­vices at KK Women’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal (KKH). Dur­ing his 12-year ten­ure,

Prof Tseng set up the Den­tal Spe­cial­ist Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Board in 2008 and also ini­ti­ated the reg­is­tra­tion and reg­u­la­tion of den­tal ther­a­pists.

Prof Tseng also made con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion com­pul­sory for den­tists to en­sure that they keep up with the rapid changes made in sci­en­tific knowl­edge and den­tal prac­tice, as well as de­vel­op­ments in new ma­te­ri­als, tech­niques and tech­nolo­gies. Dr Chng has been a con­sul­tant with the Min­istry of Health (MoH) since 2008. Dur­ing this time, he pushed for sub­si­dies for pa­tients with cra­nofa­cial anom­alies or spe­cial needs as well as for those get­ting hos­pi­tal-based den­tistry. He has also been the ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the coun­cil since 2011.

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