Dental HealthUtsav ‘Delhi Smiles-2017’ organizes by MAIDS
“Think Mouth, Think Health” mainly displayed with innovative exhibits and demonstrations is open for public display
New Delhi(news4city desk)-Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences is a premiere institute providing advanced dental services. The Institute has today emerged as a centre of national and global excellence in the field of dental education, patient care and research and it is still striving to excel and extend the dental care services to serve the patients better. MAIDS cater to more than 3 Lakh patients annually and have furthered its outreach services with the Six Mobile Dental Clinics that serve difficult and underserved areas of Delhi.
Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS) is organizing a Dental Health Utsav ‘Delhi Smiles – 2017’ from 5 to 9 December 2017 in its campus, with an aim to create a much-needed awareness for dental healthcare. The Utsav deliberates on various issues related to oral health. The five day long Utsav will comprise of Free Dental Check up, dental health awareness through novel exhibits and lectures. The theme of this year’s event is “Think Mouth, Think Health” mainly displayed with innovative exhibits and demonstrations is open for public display.
Dental Health Utsav “Delhi Smiles” is a flagship program that the Institute has been organizing for the last 25 years. This mega community initiative is aimed at creating dental health awareness and attracts more than 10,000 visitors every year. This year, the theme is “Think Mouth, Think
Health”. This year’s Dental Health Utsav “Delhi Smiles” was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri.Arvind Kejriwal and presided by Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family welfare, Shri Satyender Jain and other eminent personalities were Chief Secretary, Shri. Anshu Prakash, IAS along with Principal Secretary, GNCT of Delhi, Shri. Raajiv Yaduvanshi, IAS and Dean, Maulana Azad Medical College, Dr. Siddharth Ramji and other dignitaries at 11.00 am on 05th December 2017 in the MAIDS premises.
Addressing the august gathering Prof. (Dr.) Mahesh Verma, Director-Principal of the Institute said that Oral health affects people physically and psychologically, influencing how they look, speaks, chew, taste food and their social well-being. He also emphasized the role of nutrition in healthy as well as in Oral health. He said that poor nutrition can lead to all kinds of health issues, including oral health problems such as gum disease and cavities. Further several studies have linked poor oral health with cardiovascular disease, poor glycaemic control in diabetics, low birth-weight pre-term babies, and a number of other conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Oral health and heart disease are connected by the spread of
bacteria – and other germs can spread from your mouth to other parts of your body through the blood stream. People with diabetes are at special risk for severe gum disease or periodontal disease which also affects the bone that holds the teeth in place. Severe gum disease can lead to painful chewing difficulties and even tooth loss. Oral infections are also recognized as a problem for individuals suffering from a range of chronic conditions. He encouraged the people of Delhi to make use of this event and join us in the public health oriented event.
The Phase II building of the institute is nearly completed and very soon this new facility would more teeth and strength to the already existing dental facility. Soon this new facility would augment the delivery of services and bring newer specialties like Forensic Dentistry, Comprehensive Dentistry, Advanced Research Laboratories and Advanced Radiological services within the common man’s reach. The new block will have a Intensive Care Unit, 24 Hours emergency services, nearly 90 new state of the art dental chairs will be added to the existing 170 Dental chairs. It will have dedicated State of the art Research Centre. This Centre would add many broad research portfolios spanning fundamental science, clinical and translational research, as well as public health and social and behavioural sciences. This is would be the first of its kind in the Public Dental Research Facility in the Country. This large spectrum forms an exciting background for many cross-disciplinary interactions, creates an environment to translate new discoveries into clinical settings and allow us to explore a scientific question from different angles.
Speaking on the occasion, Satyendar Jain Minister of Health and Family Welfare said that Delhi has made tremendous improvements in health care delivery, and that much of the credit should be given to its network of public hospitals. He also said the Government is making all efforts to ensure access of adequate dental services to all citizens in Delhi. He said MAIDS will be the leader in Dental Care services and would make efforts to create FIVE similar MAIDS like Centres in Delhi for catering to the dental needs of the people. He also said there is an urgent need to create centres for primary dental care and MAIDS and MAIDS like centres will be for referral and tertiary services. And for routine dental care at primary and secondary levels should be
addressed by “Aam Admi Dental Clinics” in lines with Aam Admi Polyclinics. The Aam Aadmi Dental Polyclinic at Kanti Nagar has been sanctioned and should be ready for use for the people of Delhi. He also said 100 Mohalla Dental Clinics should be created in the next one year and Dr.Mahesh verma has been made the Nodal officer for the same. He emphasized that its “prevention is better than cure”. He highlighted Smiles per day reflect the individual we are and it’s necessary to keep smiling. And if you do so you shall also be conscious about your oral health. He also called attention to role of oral diseases in general health.
Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, in his speech, commended the MAIDS for ensuring quality in dental care services. He said that the Institute is an
asset not only for Delhi but also for the nation, ranked No.1 from last 7 years by independent agencies. He said that his government has focussed on Health and Education. It is necessary to invest in people for development of the country. He said the Government has increased the investment to 50% in health budget and today 15% budget of Delhi is spent on Health. He said everyone from Doctors, Teachers and others have contributed to further the Government’s work. He said the concept of Mohalla Clinics and Polyclinics have been appreciated by Lancet and International Dailies. He said we need to we
should work towards developing such unique models of Public health not only in Delhi but also across India. He said there should be uniform health system across the Country and quality of health care should be maintained. He also said that oral diseases are prevalent and none in any social strata are spared from the impact of these diseases. He emphasised the need for preventive strategies to be developed to reduce the burden of dental diseases among the masses. Hence it is necessary to initiate awareness drives and render appropriate and timely dental care. The efforts should be to target mainly school children so that they develop positive dental health attitude. He emphasized that there is an urgent need to bring oral health to the schools and train children to maintain oral hygiene.
On this occasion Chief Minister of Delhi released the “Annual Year Book” of MAIDS which is compilation of achievements by the Institution in the last year.
Hon’ble Health Minister released a video on this occasion to highlight the role of dental professionals in Tobacco use prevention and cessation. Further on this occasion Shri. Anshu Prakash, Chief Secretary, GNCT of Delhi released survey reports of various conducted by Department of Public
Health Dentistry, MAIDS. These surveys were conducted on different groups like Government School Children, Child Protection Units and Children with special abilities across Delhi.