Health Care Program
A survey conducted by the Health
Department during the year 1989-90 revealed that nearly 84.4 % of the State's
population was suffering from one or the other Dental diseases. It was noticed
that this alarming rise in the Dental diseases was mainly due to the lack of
awareness among the people about the prophylactic, interceptive and curative
treatment available in the existing infrastructure of the Dental Health Care
Services in the State. It was also noticed that the Dental Surgeon population
ratio was 1: 30000 in the urban areas. But only the ratio in the rural areas
is 1:1.19 lacs
To provide the best of the Dental Health Care Services to the people of
the State, the Punjab Govt. has launched INTENSIVE DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAMME
for school children, school teachers and general public, which is first of its
kind in the country. To reach the far-flung areas of each district one mobile
Dental Clinic Van was provided to give interceptive and curative treatment to
the people at their doorstep. To monitor and implement all the dental programmes
it was proposed to establish a post of District Dental Health Officer for all
the districts of the State.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVE:
i) To bring down the incidence of oral
and dental diseases to less than 40 %.
ii) To bring down the Decayed Missed Filled Teeth (D.M.F.T.) in
School children of 6 – 12 years less than two.
iii) To achieve 25 % reduction in number of persons without teeth
after the age of 60 Years.
iv) To provide one dental clinic to serve the population of 30,000
in the rural areas by opening 354 new Dental Clinics by the end of five years
v) To provide total oral health coverage to all the school going
children in the age group of 6 - 12 years.
vi) To provide Dental Health Education Training to all the primary
school teachers, medical & paramedical personnel.
vii) To organize special Dental Health
viii) To provide on the spot diagnostic preventive interceptive &
curative Dental Health Care Services to the people in the far – flung rural
areas of the state and the school children through fully equipped Mobile Dental
INTENSIVE DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAMME:-
Punjab is the only state in India which has launched Intensive Dental
Health Care Programme in the year 1989-90. Under this Programme one sub-division
is selected and the schools are covered block – wise. After covering the whole
Sub-division the next Sub-division is taken up. At present three Medical
Officers (School Health Clinic-I, Intensive Dental Health Care Programme-I &P.H.C.
Medical Officers (Dental) – I) visits the schools as per the detailed programmes
circulated to them. The Special feature of this Programme is that in addition to
the imparting of Dental Health Education training to the School children &
detailed Oral Health check up, each child is given a mouth rinses with the
freshly prepared 2 % solution of sodium fluoride to arrest the initiation &
progress of dental caries and this process is repeated after every six months.
The children suffering from Dental Diseases are provided necessary Dental
treatment on the Mobile Dental Clinic Vans.
Mobile Dental Clinic Van:
incidence of Dental Diseases is very high amongst the school children
particularly in rural areas curative Dental Health Care Services and effective
Prophylaxis against Dental Caries can only be provided on the Dental Chair. So,
it was decided to establish seventeen Mobile Dental Clinics in the State (one
for each District) so as to provide curative and prophylactic Dental Health Care
Services in the far-flung rural areas of the State and also to provide effective
prophylaxis against Dental Caries to the children in the Schools.
Dental Fortnight Report From 15-07-11 to 30-07-11