By Nancy Irek
The Wife of the Governor of Cross River State, Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke has stressed the need for parents to pay more attention to childrenâ€™s oral health needs saying the importance of dental health care to the over all health of an individual cannot be overemphasized.
Imoke who is alsoÂ the initiator of the Destiny Child Centre while addressing participants at one-day capacity building workshop for children on Dental Awareness and Oral Hygiene in Calabar, organized by Dental and Maxillofacial Department of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) in collaboration with Calabar South Local Government Council, advised the children to embrace and take seriously rules and regulations of teeth brushing including general body care.
Speaking at the occasion, the Facilitator of the workshop Chioma Gershom Bassey explained that the occasion was to bridge the gap by bringing oral health education to schools and motherless children as well as expose them to proper management of their teeth.
In his speech, a Consultant from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Dr. Godwin Bassey, disclosed that nine out of every 10 persons have dental problems and assured that the hospital will subsidise the cost of any serious referral as the Chairman of Calabar South has promised to foot the bills for any such cases.
The Chairman, Calabar South Local Government Council, Engr. Andem Ekpo Bassey, regretted thatÂ many people take dental care for granted and expressed delight that the programme was kicked off in Calabar South and promised to take the programme down to primary school level.
He, therefore called for the reintroduction of Oral Hygiene and civic education in school curricula in the State.Â The ocassion featured presentation ofÂ toothbrushes, pastes, cups and mouth wash to the children.