The Sokoto state government says it has concluded all arrangement to design programmes to fast track access to oral health among communities in Sokoto state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Muhammad Ali Inname stated this at the commemoration of 2019 World Oral Health Day awareness campaign organised by 8 Division of Nigerian Army Hospital Sokoto in collaboration with health institutions and organisations in Sokoto State North West Nigeria.
Dr Inname said an oral health department will soon be established in state ministry of health to led by reputable oral health specialists and units would also established at the 23 local government areas across the state.
He explained that state government is committed to employ more oral health specialists and partnered with health institutions for training and retraining of personnel.
Oral Health Domestication
In his remarks, a Physician and former Commissioner for Health in Sokoto state, Dr Balarabe Shehu Kakale, has called for domestication of oral health awareness campaign into local settings to ensure increased coverage.
Dr Kakale underscored the importance of oral health in the society noting that poor oral health could lead to marriage divorce, loss of jobs and other business opportunities.
” I appeal to authorities and stakeholders to fine tune the oral contents in terms of enlightenment, training techniques in view of its importance to human life.
” Such contents should be in local languages, use of available local resources, affordable and accessible modern healthcare and community awareness campaigns” Dr Kakale said.
Earlier, the Head of Army Hospital in Sokoto, Colonel Igwe Amara, commended the participating schools and professionals over their support that ensured the overall success of the programme.
Colonel Amara said the objective of the programme was to facilitate students to become change agents and teachers of enhance oral health care in their respective community and the nation at Large.
In a related development, a Consultant Orthodontist from Army Hospital, Bola Adesina, delivered lectures on oral health issues along with others.
The Celebration witnessed participants from 14 health training institutions which witnessed questions and answers from participants on the oral health issues.
The Army Hospital Sokoto has also earlier conducted free dental health care treatment in an outreach programme at Government Day Secondary School Arkilla in Sokoto metropolis as part of effort to mark the celebration.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health”.