JIS News

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Grace Allen-Young has said that oral health was indicative of overall well being, as serious diseases sometimes manifested orally.
She was speaking at the launch of Oral Health Month at the Ministry’s King Street offices yesterday (Oct. 10). Dr. Allen-Young said that in light of this, the Ministry was therefore making efforts to broaden the thrust of its regional dental health divisions.
“We have made significant strides in our dental health programme. We have new equipment, we’ve had new [dental] chairs, we are seeing more patients and we are also revitalizing our school health programme,” she said.
The Permanent Secretary used the opportunity to applaud private sector companies such as Colgate Palmolive for its support over the years.
In the meantime, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester said nutrition and consistent dental care was important for the maintenance of overall good health.
Pointing to the success of the 1980’s dental health programmes in which there was a decrease in the decaying, missing or filled teeth index on account of the addition of fluorine to the diet, through the introduction of minerals in table salt, Dr. Campbell-Forrester remarked that the local dental health system had come a long way.
In observance of Oral Health Month, the Ministry in collaboration with Colgate Palmolive, will operate a mobile clinic at 33 select locations islandwide, to conduct dental procedures for adults and children, distribute literature, and consult with dentists.
The schedule for dental clinics include stops at Cari-Med’s 20th anniversary outreach at Burke’s Basic School at Swallowfield in Kingston on Tuesday, October 17, Tom Redcam Library on October 19, Super Plus Supermarket in Montego Bay on Friday, October 20, and the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville on Wednesday, October 25.