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KAMPALA’S DENTAL CARE SCARES MEDICS

Kampala - Unlike flora which live by feeding using tap and buttress roots sucking water and other food nutrients from the ground, human beings feed by use of the mouth which makes it a significant part of their body.Oral calamity is identified as problem affecting the largest percentage of world populations. This phenomenon arises from careless and insufficient oral

cleaning including among which irregular teeth brushing, negligence of parents to look after their children’s teeth and some arise from consuming toxic products like tobacco and excess sugar amongst others.

Oral health is omnipresent in the human life, in every simple daily activity, smiling, talking, eating and singing among others. Based on this, World Health Day serves as a reminder how useful oral health is , and once is ignored can deprive people the God Granted joy.

Unfortunately, the world’s largest population don’t live to test the fruits of good oral health with over 90% of world’s population at least suffer from oral diseases in their life time.

Today World Oral Health day has been celebrated under the theme; It Starts Here, Health Body at a free dental screening and sensitization meeting organized by Uganda Dental Officers’ and Technologist Association Initiative in Uganda 2016, from Old Kampala Play Ground.

According to Eddie Mukasa, President Uganda Dental Officers’ and Technologist Association –UDOTA, this number is overwhelming and yet oral diseases can be prevented.

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EDDIE MUKASA

With almost every population having oral problems, there is inadequate number of dentist operating in various health units across Uganda. Mukasa says only 600 dental qualified officers are available to treat over 35 million people which force some patients fail to receive dental medical attention once visited hospital.

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EDDIE MUKASA

The Uganda Dental Officers’ and Technologist Association – UDOTA, have called upon the tenth parliament to increase on the budgetary support accorded to the ministry of Health. This will help in addressing challenges embed in treating oral problems.

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EDDIE MUKASA

Dr. Juliet Nabbanja Katumba- Principle Dental Surgeon from the Ministry Of Health , have stressed that government received donation from the Canada in terms of Fluoride that will be used to treat over 800 pupils from ten schools neighboring national hospitals.

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DR. JULIET NABBANJA KATUMBA

She has urged mothers to take care of their children’s teeth especially those on dosage for HIV, Syrups. This is because syrups contain sugars that lead to oral problems in children once not prevented in time.

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DR. JULIET NABBANJA KATUMBA

Dr. Nabbanja has applauded Colgate for supplying Fluoride rich tooth paste that is useful in calming down oral problems. She has however, appealed to the Uganda National Bureau of Standards to scrutinize all companies to produce Fluoride rich toothpaste for the better of people’s oral health.

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DR. JULIET NABBANJA KATUMBA

Unlike in other instance where men are known to leave their wives bear with responsibility of taking their children for medical checkups, screening and treatment, this time round, men have strived taking their children for oral screening at old Kampala Today.