HKU Faculty of Dentistry hosts Dental Health Care Webinar for Ethnic Minorities

The Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will organise an Oral Health Care Multi-Lingual Webinar for Ethnic Minorities (EM) to enhance their awareness and knowledge on oral care and dental health care services in Hong Kong. The details are as follows:

Dental Health Care Multi-Lingual Webinar
Date: June 18, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (HKT)

Speakers:
Faculty of Dentistry, HKU

  • Dr Prasanna Neelakantan, Clinical Assistant Professor in Endodontics
  • Dr Abrar Khawaja, Graduate of Master of Dental Surgery in Periodontology
  • Ms Gunjan Gupta, Bachelor of Dental Surgery Year 5 student
  • Ms Amrita Sanju Daryanani, Project Assistant

Language:  Urdu, Hindi and English

Topic:

  • Self-Oral Care Steps
  • Brushing and Flossing Demonstration
  • Dental Health Facilities and Services

Link: https://hku.zoom.us/j/94963688284 / 94963688284@zoomcrc.com (SIP)
Enquiry:  denter@hku.hk
Recorded version: June 20, 2021 on Facebook of HKDentalHealthFair (www.facebook.com/hkdentalhealthfair/)

This Webinar is held under the Faculty’s “Dental Health – A Gateway to BETTER General Health” project, which was initiated by Dr. Prasanna Neelakantan. “Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong face a tremendous difficulty to optimal oral care, due to lack of information, which is compounded by the barriers imposed by language and culture,” said Dr. Neelakantan. To address this challenge, he launched this project with the support of the HKU Knowledge Exchange (KE) Funding Scheme for Impact Projects in 2017 and he has been working closely with NGOs including The India Association Hong Kong, The Pakistan Association of Hong Kong Limited, Shine Centre, Meenakshi Achi Charitable Foundation, Sri Lankan Buddhist Cultural Centre Hong Kong, Health in Action, etc to deliver free dental outreach services to Ethnic Minorities and Migrant Workers. Eight dental fairs, with dentists and volunteers who can speak English, Hindi or Urdu, were arranged in 2018 and 2019 providing over 1200 EM initial dental screening, fluoride application and oral health education. Due to COVID-19, to ensure safety of the volunteers and the participants, outreach programmes have been suspended and educational webinars are being offered. The Faculty organised the first oral health webinar for EM in 2020 attracting more than 2,000 viewers. For more information, please visit: https://gdh.facdent.hku.hk/

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