Kulaste launches National Dental and Oral Health Information IVR Portal, toll free number
New Delhi, March 21, 2017
Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste launched the National Dental and Oral Health Information IVR Portal and toll free number here yesterday.
“Oral health is integral to overall health of a person and will contribute to the all-round development of the nation, ” Mr Kulaste said at a function to mark ‘World Oral Health Day.’
Mr. C. K. Mishra, Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) and Dr. Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services and other senior officers of the Ministry were also present at the event.
The Minister also launched the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material along with the National Dental and Oral Health Information IVR portal including a toll free number for addressing oral health queries.
India has taken huge strides in the healthcare sector by initiating new programmes to improve the health outcome of the country and it is now among those nations that have dedicated programme on oral health, he said.
Raising awareness about dental health is the need of the hour and these information initiatives will go a long way in encouraging people to adopt positive and healthy habits, he added.
Mr Mishra stated that oral diseases were becoming the leading health problems and attributed mainly to rapidly changing lifestyles, widespread use of tobacco and increased consumption of alcohol. Due to prevalence and incidence, oral diseases pose a major threat to public health, he said.
The Secretary (Health) said that the Ministry is integrating the oral health programme with other programmes so that adequate steps can be taken to mitigate and minimise the conditions arising from poor health. “We need to combine preventive measures with emphasis on education to create oral health awareness among the various segment of the population,” he added.