Ram Kumar: Negligence towards oral health leads to various illnesses

Shillong, Mar 20: Ram Kumar, Mission Director, National Health Mission on Saturday said that due to negligence, importance is not given to oral health which in turn plays a crucial role in developing all kinds of sickness without one’s knowledge.

Kumar stressed on the need to build up good habits from a very young age which will play a pivotal role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout one’s adult life. He was speaking at the National Oral Health Programme in collaboration with the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) commemorated the “World Oral Health Day”. The theme for this year’s World Oral Health Day is “Be proud of your mouth because good Oral Health can help you live a longer, healthier life.”

The Mission Director also urged the students present during the programme to distance themselves from indulging into bad habits and to also pass on the message of practicing good habits in order to achieve good oral health.

East Khasi Hills, Deputy Commissioner, Isawanda Laloo, stated that oral health is the least talked about aspect of a person’s overall health.

According to Laloo consumption of betel nut is part of one’s culture and identity and therefore people tend to abuse the consumption by having it in large amounts, this gradually leads to poor oral health.

She suggested the people to consume it with moderation so as not to hamper their oral health. The Deputy Commissioner also added that young students should spread the message and awareness to protect the overall health of the community at large.

During the day, a speech on Oral Health & its significance was given by Dr. N. Mawrie, Senior Dental Surgeon, Bhoirymbong CHC and a speech on Non Communicable Disease was given by Dr. R. R. Marak, District Nodal Officer, NPCDCS.  

Earlier, Dr. Y. Phira, Joint DHS (MI), flagged off the awareness campaign rally from the Office of the Director of Health Services (DHS), Laitumkhrah and culminated at the premises of KJP Assembly Conference complex, Shillong. 

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