70 students from two schools in Kohima district’s Chedema village were screened by visiting dentists from National Oral Health Programme (NOHP) Nagaland division on the occasion of World Oral Health Day 2023 on Monday, a DIPR report stated.
Speaking as the special guest at the programme, Dr. Theyiephrezo Khimiao, Director Dental, Department of Health & Family Welfare (DH&FW) encouraged the school children and members to look after oral health for overall health by maintaining consistent oral hygiene. He also encouraged the Village Health Committee (VHC) to make oral health a priority and extended his support to make oral health awareness a success.
The screened students were from Government Middle School Chedema and Holy Cross School Chedema. To encourage healthy oral habits, the students were given oral health kits and a brushing calendar. Further, the students were given referral cards for further examination.
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The event was chaired by Dr. Seyiekhrietuo John, Chairman VHC, Chedema, SPO (AYUSH) DH&FW and Razouvolie Üsou, Pastor Chedema Baptist Church invoked God’s blessing on the program.
Dr. Meribeni Odyuo, Joint Director & SPO (NOHP) spoke on the 2023 World Oral Health Day theme, “Be Proud of your Mouth” while a short speech on Tobacco awareness was given by Dr. Arenla Walling, Deputy Director & SNO, National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP).
The event was closed by a vote of thanks from Viketoulie Pienyü, Head Teacher GMS, Chedema.