Aligarh: A ‘Dental Screening and Education Camp’ to raise awareness about how poor dental hygiene, tooth decay and gum disease can affect the whole body was organised during the Mukhyamantri Arogya Mela by the District Early Intervention Centre and Centre of Excellence (DEIC-COE), J N Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) under the RBSK programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
“In the camp at the Ghantar Chowk, Aligarh; people were made aware on how cavities and gum disease impair the ability to eat and speak properly, cause pain and bad breath,” said Prof Kamran Afzal, Convener, DEIC-COE.
He added that a total of 50 checkups were conducted and 15 cases of dental caries among children were identified in the camp. Parents of these children were advised to get their free treatments done at the DEIC-COE.
“What many people may not realise, is that poor dental health can have a profoundly, negative effect on areas outside of the mouth. It can lead to heart problems, diabetes, pregnancy complications and chronic inflammation, such as arthritis,” Dr Uzma Firdaus, Nodal Officer, DEIC-COE.
Sanjeev Raja (MLA, City Constituency, Aligarh) with Dr B P Kalyani (Chief Medical Officer, Aligarh District), Dr Rahul Kulshersht (Assistant Chief Medical Officer, Aligarh District), Dr S P Singh and Dr Nazia Khan inaugurated the Mukhyamantri Arogya Mela.
Dr M Naved ur Rahman (Dental Surgeon) set up the camp with the help of Syed Saifullah and Syed Alim Raza Zaidi. M Anwar Siddiqui (Manager, DEIC-COE) and M Ahmad (Training Coordinator, DEIC-COE) coordinated with the local authorities for the conduct of the programme.