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GOVERNMENT has a mandate to prevent oral health diseases through creation and upholding of policies conducive to health and healthy lifestyles a government official has said.

Speaking at the World Oral Health Day (WOHD) organized by the Zimbabwe Dental Association (ZIDA) under the theme “Smile for life” on Friday, Minister of Primary and Secondary education Lazarus Dokora said prevention was a multi-sectoral affair involving the education sector, central government, financial sector and health sector.

“As ministry of primary and secondary education, we play a key role in creating awareness on oral health by fostering creative ways to manage continuing interest in health matters by young people.

“The purpose of this day is to dwell on the health of the oral cavity since it is an area of positive communication, expression and entry to general wellbeing. Therefore, the celebratory commemorations that we witness here today are for everyone,” he said.

He said if all Zimbabweans participated and engaged in the it will create a platform for people to take action in their our own spheres and reach out to help reduce the global burden of oral disease via national oral disease burden alleviation programming.

According to the statistics from the World Dental Federation, 90 percent of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime. Whereas it can be avoided with increased government, health association and societal support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes.

For this reason the Zimbabwe Dental Association (ZIDA) decided to take on board major stakeholders to partner with the health personnel and specialists. The oral health professionals, amongst us, facilitate nationwide information and dissemination to empower our communities to be better equipped to prevent, oral diseases.

“It is crucial that as a Nation, we participate in the prevention of oral disease by practising recommended dental hygiene habits, utilizing available access channels to oral health, watching our diets to reduce unnecessary frequent sugary foods consumption which is a major cause of tooth diseases,” said Dokora.

“This will enable us to protect a very important area in our bodies which displays and relays most of our communication in various forms of expression,” he said.

Source : Financial Gazette